Drought Degradation in Texas, Midwest Still Drought-free

Posted on Thu, 01/09/2020 - 11:02

Light to moderate precipitation fell the week ending Jan. 7 from east Texas northeastward through New England, with much of the country seeing above-normal temperatures, according to the National Drought Monitor.

The West received significant mountain snow the past few weeks that have improved drought conditions. On the other hand, drought degradation occurred in areas of central and southern Texas. Fifty-seven percent of the state is now covered by some form of drought or abnormal dryness, roughly a 2-point increase from the week prior.

The southern portion of the Colorado high plains and adjacent southwest Kansas continue to deal with moderate and severe short-term drought, according to the Drought Monitor. It also notes that south-central Kansas is still dealing with moderate short-term drought.

The Midwest saw mostly dry conditions north of the Ohio River Valley, with the exception of northern Michigan. The region also recorded temperatures ranging from 5 to 15 degrees above normal. But the region is basically free of drought or abnormal dryness, with the exception of western Indiana.

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