Update: Drought Easing in Portions of the West
Looking Ahead: Over the next five days (Aug. 8-11) temperatures will continue to remain below normal over most of the country, with departures of 6-9 degrees Fahrenheit anticipated over the Plains and West Coast. Above-normal temperatures are expected in the southern United States and the northern Rocky Mountains. A wet pattern is likely to continue over much of Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri and into Kentucky and Tennessee. The forecast is anticipating amounts of 3 inches over most of Kansas and western Kentucky. Dry conditions are projected over most of the western United States and into Texas.
The CPC 6-10 day forecast (Aug. 11-15) anticipates the best chances for below-normal temperatures will be over the Plains, Midwest and Northeast, with the best chances for below-normal temperatures in the Great Lakes region. The best chances for above-normal temperatures will be in the southern United States, Pacific Northwest and Alaska. Most of the country has above-normal chances of recording above-normal precipitation during this time frame. The greatest chances of above-normal precipitation will be over the Southeast. The Great Basin, Southwest and most of Texas have the best chances of recording below-normal precipitation for the period.