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Nationwide Drought Improves Over 2013; West Still Suffers

Author: Kristy

Nationwide Drought Improves Over 2013; West Still Suffers

Published on: Jan 2, 2014

 

Showing a nearly 30% improvement in nationwide drought over Jan. 1, 2013, the first U.S. Drought Monitor for the new year also indicates that the West is not out of the woods yet.

Over the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor week, a sprawling area of high pressure across much of the contiguous 48 states appeared before two low-pressure systems took over.

According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Matthew Rosencrans, most of the wet weather brought on by the two low-pressure systems was confined to east of the Rockies, with the heaviest rains across the southeast.

Some light precipitation was recorded across portions of the Pacific Northwest, he noted.

Drought persists in California; sparks fears that 2014 will bring yet another drought year
Drought persists in California; sparks fears that 2014 will bring yet another drought year

Light to moderate rains amounting to fewer than 1.6 inches fell across southern Texas, prompting a 1-category improvement across most of the region.

A slight adjustment to the placement of the abnormally dry across southern Louisiana was included in this week’s Drought Monitor to better align with Standardized Precipitation Index values out through 12 months and soil moisture model outputs, Rosencrans reports.

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