Looking Ahead: During the next 5 days (May 24-28), daily showers and thunderstorms will linger in parts of the East, particularly across southern Florida and the Mid-Atlantic States. Meanwhile, a series of disturbances will maintain cool conditions and periods of rain from the Pacific Northwest into the upper Midwest. Five-day rainfall totals could reach 2 to 4 inches in the upper Midwest and 1 to 2 inches on the northern Plains. In contrast, mostly dry weather will prevail across the nation’s southern tier, excluding southern Florida. During the Memorial Day weekend, heat will build across the South, East, and lower Midwest, with many locations expecting multiple days of 90-degree heat.
The NWS 6- to 10-day outlook for May 29 – June 2 calls for near- to above-normal temperatures nationwide, except for cooler-than-normal conditions from the northern Plains into the Great Lakes region. Meanwhile, near- to below-normal rainfall across the majority of the U.S. will contrast with wetter-than-normal weather in the Southeastern and Atlantic Coast States.
Author: Brad Rippey, U.S. Department of Agriculture
D0 ... Abnormally Dry ... used for areas showing dryness but not yet in drought, or for areas recovering from drought.
Drought Intensity Categories
D1 ... Moderate Drought
D2 ... Severe Drought
D3 ... Extreme Drought
D4 ... Exceptional Drought
Drought or Dryness Types
S ... Short-Term, typically <6 months (e.g. agricultural, grasslands)
L ... Long-Term, typically >6 months (e.g. hydrology, ecology)