Soggy Pattern Helps Southwest, Texas Drought
September 12, 2014
By WeatherBug Meteorologist, Chad Merrill
Many leaps and gains were made to drought conditions in the Southwest, Plains and Deep South this past week.
The biggest weather highlight was the flooding in Phoenix. While the rain caused problems, it did help ease the long-term drought. Phoenix, which had been 3.20 inches below average since the year`s start is now back to average following the more than 3 inches of rain from Monday`s deluge.
An active pattern helped alleviate drought problems in the Deep South as well. West Texas into the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle had much needed heavy rain. The weather was drier farther east where northern Arkansas and southern Missouri had below-average precipitation.
Showers were plentiful in the Southeast last week. Rain amounts helped chip away at growing deficits in parts of North Carolina, Georgia and northeastern Florida.
The Plains were no exception to the rule either. Rain helped improve drought conditions in Kansas and Nebraska. Otherwise, dry weather continued for the remainder of the Plains where precipitation was already near or above average.
Appreciable rain this past week removed short-term dryness in northern Wisconsin and Michigan while much needed moisture erased the drought in western Kentucky and Tennessee.
Dry weather continued in the Northeast with warmer than average temperatures. The only region where the pattern made any difference was the New York Metro area. Rain deficits in New York`s Central Park and Philadelphia are now in the 1.0 to 1.50 inch range for September.
Looking ahead, Texas will benefit from additional downpours this weekend and early next week while scattered downpours help chip away at the southern Georgia and Florida Panhandle drought. The West will stay dry through early in the week. However, added moisture spinning off Tropical Storm Odile will bring rain back into the picture across the Southwest towards midweek.
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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
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