U.S. Drought Footprint Continues to Shrink

Posted on 11/07/2019 11:11 AM

drought change mapThis week’s U.S. Drought Monitor featured continued improvement in drought conditions after a large low-pressure system delivered moderate to heavy precipitation of 2 to 7 inches across the South, Southeast, Mid-Atlantic and lower Midwest. These regions recorded well above-normal precipitation for the month of October tat eased drought conditions, especially in the Southeast, the monitor notes.

Thirty-five percent of the South is now impacted by some form of dryness/drought, a six-point improvement from last week, with the bulk of those dry areas concentrated in Texas.

Today’s update shows 58% of the state covered by some form of drought/dryness, which is down three points from last week. Western areas of the state some drought intensify while eastern areas saw improvement.

On the other hand, dry conditions prevailed in the West, fueling massive wildfires in southern and northern California.

The Midwest is near free of drought/dryness after recent showers resulted in one-category improvements across Illinois, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky. The Monitor details, “For October, the Ohio Valley Climate Region experienced its sixth wettest [October] on record while the Upper Midwest Climate Region experienced its third wettest October on record. For temperature, the Ohio Valley Climate Region had its 41st warmest (top third) October while, in contrast, the l Midwest experienced its 33rd coolest (bottom third).”

Today’s update also notes that the National Weather Service is reporting 22% of the northern Great Lakes Region is covered by snow.

Drought monitor

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