#Drought news: Little or no precipitation across the West the past week

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

Summary

Most locations east of the Mississippi River saw precipitation this week. Rain along the Gulf Coast was particularly heavy as a storm dumped copious amount of rain on southern Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. The Mobile Regional Airport set a daily record for April 12 with 7.28 inches of rain. Areas of the Midwest and Southern Plains also benefited from substantial rainfall this week…

The Plains

The Southern Plains experienced another week with relatively wet conditions. There were minor improvements in all drought categories in Texas, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and southeast Kansas. The Northern Plains experienced a mixed bag of changes. In western North Dakota, precipitation improved Abnormal Dryness (D0) while in South Dakota Moderate Drought (D1) expanded northward…

The West

Most of the West saw little to no precipitation this week. Select areas of the Rockies were experiencing some snowfall as the week ended, the impacts of which will be assessed in the map next week. Likewise, the Pacific Northwest saw some coastal precipitation. However, it was largely limited to the areas that are not currently experiencing drought conditions. Little change was made to the drought depiction in the West with the exception of degradation in conditions in and around Wyoming, southern Montana, and northeast Utah. Severe (D2) and Moderate Drought (D1) and Abnormal Dryness (D0) expanded in that area. Little precipitation came to California again this week and no changes were made to the state depiction. At the end of the week, the statewide snow water equivalent stood at 5% of average and Extreme (D3) to Exceptional Drought (D4) again covered two-thirds of the state…

Looking Ahead

Normal to below-normal temperatures are expected in the central and eastern parts of the country in the coming days. Warmer than average temperatures should cover the West Coast. Above-normal precipitation is expected from the Southern Plains across the South and Southeast. Drier conditions are expected across much of the West.

The NWS 6-10 day outlooks call for normal to above-normal temperature over the U.S. west of the Rocky mountains and in the extreme Southeast. Precipitation is expected to be above-normal through the eastern third of the country, in the Southern Plains, and across Alaska. Below-normal precipitation can be expected from the Pacific Northwest through the Northern and Central Plains.

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