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Little precipitation for many resulted in no change for drought conditions across the West while the eastern half dealt with more rain.
The western U.S. received mostly no rain or new snow this pas week. However, a few select spots were lucky enough to see a little bit of precipitation. The Pacific Northwest and far northern Rockies were the spots to be if looking for rain thanks to a few weather-makers moving onshore. Even from northern California through the Canadian border as much as 3.5 to 8 inches accumulated but with this past year being so dry, this added dampness didn’t make a dent in the drought scale.
To tally up the year from Washington through northern California, only about 50 to 75 percent of the precipitation that normally falls was measured in 2018. Across the Rocky Mountain Spine, persistent dryness was the theme for the past week but a new storm system leaving behind several feet of snow after its departure will only be beneficial to the snowpack.
Dry weather has let the drought persist across the High Plains form Wyoming through the Dakotas. Even in Kansas, the lack of rainy and snowy weather has allowed the for a small part of southwestern Kansas to become abnormally dry, further expanding the dry landscape. Further expansion is also possible with the next update as not much precipitation is expected.
Like a broken record, the eastern U.S. continues to be battered by rain storm after rain storm, and in some places the year will close as the wettest year on record. However, two trouble spots remain. The interior Northeast along the snowbelt of northern New York through northern Maine has remained mostly dry.
Although a small amount of measurable rain and snow has accumulated in the past week, abnormally dry conditions remain due to the current deficit.
Further south across Florida, abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions continue for the eastern coast. As for the rest of the Southeast, heavy precipitation of up to 6 inches in some spots in the past week have helped keep the soil moist and drought-free. Little moisture transport on the eastern side of Florida has left only a small portion of drought behind in the Sunshine State.