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Drought Persists In The Western U.S., Plains

April 24, 2014

By WeatherBug's Luke Paris

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Although a few locations in the Southern Plains and Deep South saw significant rainfall, the majority of the Southern Tier remained dry. All levels of drought continued to expand throughout Texas while extreme and exceptional drought spread across Oklahoma. Likewise, the Central and Northern Plains saw relatively dry weather, prompting the expansion of low-level drought in South Dakota. Several locations in the Central Plains saw additions and expansions of severe and extreme drought as well.

Similarly, severe and extreme drought expanded across the Southwest, where little to no rainfall was seen. The Southern Rockies and Intermountain West also saw their fair share of dryness, which exacerbated a few drought pockets while California and coastal Oregon remained fairly dry, where severe drought continued to spread.

Widespread rain drenched the Southeast last week, keeping drought expansions fairly limited. However, a dry patch in the Tennessee Valley prompted the addition of a low-level drought pocket stretching along southern Tennessee. Further north, only one change was made to the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic drought depiction, where a small pocket of low-level drought was created in West Virginia. The Midwest saw a few expansions of low-level drought across Missouri.

Next week, heavy rainfall is expected to drench the Deep South, Southeast and Eastern U.S. Much of the Pacific Northwest and Northwestern U.S. will see plenty of rainfall as well, which will help ease the rapidly spreading drought. On the flip side, the Southwest and West Coast will remain dry and hot.

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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor

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