The rain also helped slow the drought from expanding further into the Corn Belt, including Iowa, Missouri, and Minnesota.
However, good news is on the horizon for several dry areas.
“In the contiguous 48 states, drought improvement or removal is anticipated in typically monsoon-affected areas in the Southwest and southern Rockies as far west as central Arizona,” the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported in their latest “Monthly Drought Outlook” report. “ Drought should also improve across the central Plains from Nebraska, northeastern Colorado, and Missouri southward through central Arkansas, central Oklahoma, and the northern Texas Panhandle. where a stalled front should serve as a focus for rainfall during at least the first half of the month.