According to the most recent Drought Monitor calculations, significant rainfall evaded most areas of severe to exceptional drought this past week.

However, quite a few locations experiencing abnormally dry (D0) conditions to moderate drought (D1) conditions recorded at least moderate totals. Rainfall was lacking once again across significant portions of the Southeast, prompting expansion of abnormally dry conditions into several areas from Alabama through the Carolinas, primarily for agricultural impacts and surface moisture shortages.

Farther north and west, spotty relief was observed through the dry areas in the Plains and Rockies, but seasonably dry weather along the West Coast allowed dryness to persist or intensify in that area.

Over the next five days, (July 9 – 13) could bring heavy rain (1 to 3 inches) to southern South Carolina and east-central Georgia. Moderate to heavy amounts (0.5 to 2 inches) are forecast for the drought-plagued sections of the Great Lakes region and upper Mississippi Valley. Lesser totals (0.25 to locally over 1 inch) are expected through the central and northern Plains, the Mississippi Delta, south-central Alabama, central and northeastern Georgia, and upstate South Carolina. Other areas experiencing abnormal dryness or drought across the contiguous 48 states are only expected to receive a few tenths of an inch of rain at best, and unfortunately no measurable rain is forecast for the parched sections of Texas.

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Source: U.S. Drought Monitor