Update – Rainfall Easing High Plains Drought
Summary: This U.S. Drought Monitor week was dominated by a persistent weather system that dumped precipitation from eastern Colorado, through the Southern Plains and Tennessee Valley and into the Mid-Atlantic and southern New England over multiple days. Widespread areas of two-plus inches were experienced with some locations receiving over five inches from the storm. While there were numerous reports of wind and hail from Colorado to Maryland, no tornadoes have been reported, according to NOAA’s Storm Prediction Center.
Looking Ahead: During the Aug. 15-19 time period, there is an above-normal chance for precipitation in the Southeast and in areas of the High Plains. Temperatures are expected to be above-normal in the West, mostly centered on the Rockies, and below-normal in the Southern Plains and into the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.
For the ensuing five days (Aug. 20-24, the odds favor above-normal temperatures throughout the entire West, across the northern tier of the country and into New England, as well as across southern Alaska. Normal to below-normal temperatures are favored from the Central Plains, into the South and the Southeast. Above normal-precipitation is likely across most of the East Coast, through the Southeast, and into the Southern Plains, as well as in southern Alaska. The Northern Plains, Northwest, and northern Alaska are all likely to see below-normal precipitation.