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Remnants of Bud ring in relief for the southwest U.S., which has been wrought with a stagnant drought.
The Southern Rockies and the Central Rockies share the most exceptional drought intensity along their border. Emanating from there are extreme drought and severe drought areas, which are the next most critical drought distinctions. The impacts on vegetation for the Central and Southern Rockies is expected to be short-term or less than 6 months, so brown grass won’t preside for long. The drought will soon be reduced by moisture from Bud, which is expected to produce 1 to 2 inches of rain, with isolated areas even receiving 3 inches. On the flip side, this drenching could cause flash flooding and mud slides, so be careful when driving around this weekend.
The Southern Plains’ drought is less widespread than last week, with still some pockets in the upper northwest of Texas concentrated in the intensity of drought experienced. Tropical moisture feeding in from the Gulf will alleviate the dryness, as rainfall reaches up to an inch and a half in the most drought-stricken regions and up to three inches in southeast Texas.
The Central Great Basin, California and Oregon have stagnant drought conditions from last week with moderate drought and abnormally dry parameters governing the region this week. Some patches of Oregon and California even reach severe drought levels. California carries about 70 percent of abnormally dry regions. Abnormally dry conditions even spread into the Pacific Northwest, although rainfall next week should alleviate it. With no significant rainfall expected in the California by next week, the drought continues for the Golden State.
The Northern Plains, Central Plains, and Mississippi Valley also display varying levels of severe, moderate and abnormally dry. Kansas, sharing a border with the Southern Plains and Oklahoma, did drop the exceptional drought from last week, but still displays 33 percent moderate to severe drought. These regions will likely see a change next week as predicted rainfall totals climb 2 to 3 inches in Kansas, Nebraska, the Dakotas, Minnesota and Louisiana.
Drought, for the most part, does not plague the rest of the U.S. east of the Mississippi Valley through the East Coast. The Southeast and Mid-Atlantic will be heating up this next week, with some regions reaching the century mark, so it's always a good idea to check drought conditions. However, the toasty temperatures will be regulated by rainfall that is expected to accumulate to over an inch in most states. This trend could continue for the next few weeks as tropical storm season is already underway.