Heavy Rain Eases Drought In Southern Plains, Lower Mississippi Valley
November 29, 2013
By WeatherBug's Luke Paris
The Lower Mississippi Valley and Southern Plains saw a great deal of rainfall that helped eliminate low-level and moderate drought from Texas to Alabama. Dryness continued to persist in the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.
Several cold fronts sweeping across the Midwest and Northern Plains brought wet weather that helped ease a few dry spots. Iowa, Illinois and Missouri saw the retractions of low-level drought where the heaviest rainfalls were recorded. On the other hand, with the exception of a few showers, the Central Plains remained relatively dry, prompting the extension of drought in northeast Kansas.
Further south, the Southern Plains and Lower Mississippi Valley saw extremely significant reductions of the drought in Texas, Arkansas, Louisiana and Mississippi. Widespread heavy rainfall shrank much of the low-level drought in the Lower Mississippi Valley and completely eliminated the moderate drought locations. The majority of Texas saw the easement of drought in many locations due to heavy rainfall, but dryness persisted in northern Texas.
Rainfall was scarce in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast with a few low-level drought expansions evolving in Pennsylvania and West Virginia. Meanwhile, further south, the Southeast saw sporadic rainfall totals, trimming several areas of low-level droughts in Alabama and Florida.
The Western U.S. saw widespread rainfall and even some snow in the Rockies that helped retract a couple dry areas. Low-level drought in southern Colorado was eliminated and moderate drought was pulled back in California and Utah. The Southeast saw the trimming of low-level drought areas in Arizona and New Mexico.
Next week, a potent low pressure system and accompanying fronts will produce copious rainfall and snowfall in the Eastern U.S. Similarly, disturbances in the Northwest are expected to provide plenty of moisture to the Pacific Northwest and Rockies.
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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
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