Coming on the heels of the ninth wettest summer on record for the U.S., according to the National Climatic Data Center, continued rain this Drought Monitor week led to minor improvements in drought conditions from the Southwest, through the Southern Plains, and into the Midwest, author Michael Brewer of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association says.
Despite the continued moisture in many portions of the country, drought continued "largely unabated" through California and along the West Coast, Brewer added.
In the Midwest, another week of beneficial moisture led to reduction in abnormal dryness in eastern Iowa. Cool temperatures and lower evapotranspiration, led to status quo across much of the area despite a lack of rain in many locales, Brewer writes.
Condition of the corn and soybean crop remains favorable even as frost concerns lingered last weekend; USDA Meteorologist Brad Rippey reports that in major growing areas corn maturity is behind five-year averages, but a small portion of the crop has been harvested. No changes in condition were noted from the week prior.
On the East Coast and into the Southeast, southern Connecticut and Long Island were dry and lack of rain through the Mid-Atlantic also resulted in the expansion of D0 in eastern Pennsylvania, central Virginia, and near the border of Virginia, West Virginia, and Maryland.
Abnormal Dryness expanded slightly in northern Alabama while wet conditions alleviated dryness in the southern part of that state, Brewer reports. Georgia saw minor alleviation of drought in the southern part of the state.
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In the Southwest and Plains, locally heavy rain appeared as Texas charted improvements along the southern Gulf Coast. Central Texas saw some degradation in drought conditions as did the coastal area around Houston.
Improvement continues in Kansas with the eradication of extreme dryness in the western part of the state and minor improvements in the north. Minor improvements were also experienced in South Dakota, Nebraska, and Oklahoma, Brewer reports.
The West Coast and Pacific Northwest saw little rain this week, while occasional snow and rain from Montana down to New Mexico led to minor improvements throughout the area.
Idaho and Oregon largely missed that precipitation and subsequently degradation in drought conditions.
Source: U.S. Drought Monitor/Michael Brewer, NOAA
The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.