For more than 20 years Earth Networks has operated the world’s largest and most comprehensive weather observation, lightning detection, and climate networks.
We are now leveraging our big data smarts to deliver on the promise of IoT. By integrating our hyper-local weather data with Smart Home connected devices we are delievering predictive energy efficiency insight to homeowners and Utility companies.
The U.S. continues to stay divided by a boundary between dry and wet.
Unsettled weather has continued this past week for the eastern U.S. allowing for the wet weather to keep the drought conditions at bay. The only spots of interest include the middle Mississippi Valley through coastal South Carolina where abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions have persisted. Even the interior Northeast is still dealing with as much as severe drought in Upstate New York through northern Vermont. However, incoming moisture off the Great Lakes will allow for snow t accumulate and dampen the soil.
The conditions have continued to improve over the past week in the High Plains. Thanks to several rounds of rain and snowfall, northern Montana through the Dakotas, picked up 1 to 3 inches of rain with farther south receiving as much as 10 inches in two weeks. Several water reservoirs have re-filled pastures have improved for cattle.
The Four Corners are still the most drought-affected area in the U.S. However, remnants of Hurricane Sergio helped the Southwestern U.S., helping to reduce the drought extension across the Desert Southwest into New Mexico. Mountain snow continues to pile up as low pressure systems spin off the Rockies.
Due to ongoing high pressure sitting off the West Coast, the Pacific Northwest continues to see dry weather, especially in Oregon. This time of year is usually the beginning of their “water season” but it has kicked off slowly. Rainfall amounts are more than 12 inches below normal for this time of year, keeping as much as extreme drought conditions in place.
This coming week will feature more moisture streaming into the southern Plains and into the Rockies thanks to the tropical system, Willa, churning near southwestern Mexico. As the system moves up into central Mexico, the moisture will be caught up in a frontal system sweeping across the Plains. This will allow for more rain and mountains snow to pile up. Areas that will se the most beneficial rain include northern New Mexico and southwestern Colorado where exceptional drought persists.