Drought conditions eased over the past week in Texas, Oklahoma, the Southeast and the far eastern Corn Belt, according to today’s National Drought Monitor. Drought intensified or expanded in some areas of Kansas. Colorado was a mixed bag, with north-central areas of the state seeing drought improvement and south-central areas seeing drought degradation.
The related commentary explains, “Much of the eastern half of the country saw widespread snow and rain combined with record-breaking cold during the Drought Monitor week ending Tuesday, November 12. The combination helped alleviate short-term dryness and drought in much of Texas, the Ohio River Valley, the Mid-Atlantic, and Southeast.”
The Midwest saw another week of cool temperatures and a combination of snow and rain, which alleviated dryness and drought across the region. “Ohio and Indiana saw the removal of the remaining pockets of abnormal dryness (D0). Improvements in Kentucky included the elimination of moderate drought.”
On the other hand, “the dry pattern continued across California and the Great Basin, leading to a deterioration in conditions,” today’s update notes.