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U.S. Drought Monitor: Getting Dry in Central, Eastern U.S.
USAgNet - 11/20/2020

Precipitation was widespread for the week ending Nov. 10, with the exception of much of the central and eastern United States.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Nov. 19 Drought Monitor report, the heaviest rain -- from 2 to locally near 8 inches -- pelted the Carolinas, southern Appalachians, mid-Atlantic region, Pacific Northwest from the Cascades westward, higher elevations of the northern Intermountain West and western Wyoming, northeastern Wisconsin, and Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

Meanwhile, temperatures were generally cool in the West and warm in the East.

This pattern brought areas of improvement to parts of the Northeast the western Ohio Valley, the northern half of the Mississippi Valley, and northern sections of the Rockies, Intermountain West, and Pacific Northwest.

By contrast, conditions deteriorated through most of central and eastern Texas, parts of the central Great Plains, the southern High Plains, and the central tier of the Four Corners States.

As the period ended, dryness had persisted or worsened throughout the large area of entrenched drought from the Rockies westward, and dry conditions were intensifying quickly across Texas and the central Plains.


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