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Spring is here, and portions of the U.S. are looking forward to April showers. Drought has become extreme in the southern Plains and Southwest, while dry soil can also be found in parts of the Southeast.
The most drought-stricken region of the U.S. is the southern Plains, southern Rockies and Southwest. Northern Oklahoma is experiencing exceptional drought, while a larger area of extreme drought extends from western Oklahoma and southern Kansas through northern Texas and into Arizona. Parts of Utah, Colorado and New Mexico are also seeing extreme drought and could really use rain or snow. There will be a few chances of rain over the next week that could aide to the lack of ground water.
The Northern Plains and Pacific Northwest is also seeing drought conditions. Severe drought can be found in western North and South Dakota, while moderate drought covers eastern Oregon. Relief is on the way for both areas as waves of rain and snow will push through during the end of March.
Drought is also an issue in the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic. Severe drought is located in southeastern Georgia, while moderate drought extends from Georgia into South Carolina and Alabama. Small patches of moderate drought can also be found in southern Florida, Maryland and Virginia. The recent nor’easters have helped limit the drought and could fully eliminate it over the next week.
There are currently no or very little drought concerns in the Northeast, Great Lakes and Midwest. There is a small patch of moderate drought in northern Missouri and southern Iowa, but an active weather pattern will add plenty of moisture to the soil.