Drought news: Wet across much of Colorado and Wyoming the past week #COdrought

US Drought Monitor October 15, 2013
US Drought Monitor October 15, 2013

Click here to visit the US Drought Monitor website. Here’s an excerpt:

The Rockies Westward to the Pacific

The Rockies Westward to The Pacific Coast: The wet week that affected much of Wyoming, Colorado, and adjacent areas continued a generally wet pattern dating back several weeks. Since mid-August, large swaths across south-central Montana, northern and central Wyoming, southeastern Wyoming, and much of northeastern Colorado have received 2 to locally 5 times their normal amount of precipitation. As a result, additional improvements were made in central and eastern portions of both states. Through the rest of the dry areas in the West, only light precipitation fell, if any, keeping dryness and drought unchanged from last week. So far this year, less than half of normal precipitation has been reported in the southwestern half of Nevada and all but the southern and northern extremes of California, along with isolated sections of the Intermountain West. Only about 25% of normal has been reported for the last 9 1/2 months in much of central and western California.

The Northern and Central Plains and the Midwest

Heavy to excessive precipitation in the region, reaching as far east as northwestern Iowa and central Minnesota, prompted another round of broad-scale improvements in areas of dryness and drought. One-category improvements were widespread through all but the northeasternmost sections of the Dakotas and sizeable areas across the rest of the region. Most locations from the northern and western tiers of Iowa to the north and west now report surplus precipitation on time scales dating back at least 60 days. East of these area, precipitation was light at best, and short-term precipitation deficits persisted from interior Iowa and parts of southern Minnesota southward and eastward through the dry areas in the middle Mississippi Valley and Great Lakes region.

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