Improvements were made in western Kansas where D0/D1/D2 conditions were all improved in response to rain events taking place at the end of the U.S. Drought Monitor period. More than 3.00 inches of rain was recorded in Gove, Wallace and Hamilton counties.
Midwest: It was another wet week over much of the region, with widely scattered thunderstorms and even severe weather. Moderate drought was introduced in northeast Minnesota this week as this region continues to miss out on precipitation, and hydrological concerns still exist. With the new area of D1, this area has recorded less than 25 percent of normal precipitation since April 1.
The West: Dry conditions prevailed over much of the southwest this week, with wet conditions over the Rocky Mountains and northern Utah. Improvements were made to the drought status in southeast Colorado after several days of precipitation. Improvements to D1/D2/D3 along the Colorado and Kansas borders were made while some D0 was improved in northern Colorado. In southwest Colorado, continued dryness has allowed for D0 to be pushed north out of New Mexico and into Colorado.
Dryness in New Mexico continued, with D3 expanded in northeast New Mexico and D4 pushed farther south along the border with Texas.
Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico: No changes were made to Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico this week.
Looking Ahead: Over the next five days (June 22-26), a ridge develops over the southwest while the ridge over the east weakens. Temperatures are expected to be 6-9 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in the southwest and 3-6 degrees Fahrenheit above normal in the southeast. Cooler than normal temperatures over the upper Midwest, New England, and the west coast should prevail with temperatures generally 3-6 degrees Fahrenheit below normal. Precipitation chances are greatest over the Missouri River basin and into the northeast, where 2 inches or more could be possible. Continued rains along the Gulf Coast and into Florida could help to ease drought tensions in those areas.
The CPC 6-10 day forecast (June 27-July 1) shows most of the United States having a good chance at above normal temperatures with the best chances over the Midwest and into New England. Cooler than normal temperatures are expected from Alaska south along the coast to California during this time. Dry conditions are projected to take place over the Great Lakes region and into New England while the southwest will also remain dry. The best chances for above normal precipitation are in the southeast, Pacific northwest and Alaska.
Author: Brian Fuchs, National Drought Mitigation Center
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
A ... Agricultural
H ... Hydrological