Update — Some Western U.S. Drought Abated
Summary: This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw overall improvements in some drought-stricken areas as significant rain fell across the Great Plains, Midwest and northern interior portions of the West.
In the West, heavy rainfall over the eastern half of Montana and northern Wyoming helped to ease drought conditions. Conditions continued to deteriorate in parts of the Southwest, Great Basin and interior portions of the Pacific Northwest as a result of below-normal precipitation over the winter and spring months.
Overall, temperatures were well above normal in the Southwest while much of the Intermountain West and Pacific Northwest were well below normal. Temperatures were below normal across most of the Great Plains and western portions of the Midwest while the eastern third of the conterminous U.S. experienced temperatures well above average – especially in New England and the Mid-Atlantic region. In Alaska, temperatures were above normal throughout most of the state, while precipitation was above normal in southeastern Alaska.
Looking Ahead: The NWS HPC 5-Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) calls for heavy precipitation over the Southeast, Mid Atlantic and New England, while moderate precipitation amounts are forecasted over the South, Midwest and High Plains.
The 6–10 day outlooks call for a high probability of above-normal precipitation across New England and Mid-Atlantic states, while the West sees a high probability of below-normal precipitation. Temperatures forecasted on the 6–10 day outlooks call for a high probability of above-normal temperatures across most of the West and the Plains while New England has a high probability of below-normal temperatures.