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Date: 6/9/2014

Title: Big Rain

Late May and early June has been very productive in many areas of the Southern and western High Plains where drought conditions have been very stubborn since 2012. Last week we discussed big rain in Texas, Oklahoma, Kansas, Colorado and New Mexico.

Over this past weekend, abundant rainfall over some of the drought areas was reported. While there was a fair amount of severe weather, many areas avoided severe weather conditions and received long duration, steady, soaking rains.

Below is a sample of some of the biggest total rainfall amounts over the weekend across Southern and Western High Plains region.


LOCATION                            24 HOUR RAINFALL AMOUNT

MULLEN 17 NNW                                     5.07 INCHES
PAGE                                                           4.80 INCHES
ARNOLD 8NW                                           4.40 INCHES
ATKINSON                                                 4.10 INCHES
BASSETT                                                     4.06 INCHES
AMELIA                                                       4.00 INCHES
NORTH PLATTE                                         4.24 INCHES


LOCATION                            24 HOUR RAINFALL AMOUNT

GOODLAND                                               1.87 INCHES 
HILL CITY                                                   2.03 INCHES
SCOTT CITY                                               2.43 INCHES  

As you can see below (last week’s drought status map), the bigger rains fell over many areas of where drought has been well entrenched.


Many areas not listed above have received one to two inches of rainfall since late last week.

We may very well be seeing the impacts of a developing moderate El Nino event which in past years has brought increased rainfall in the Western High Plains and Southern Plains. Odds are good that for the remainder of June there will be more heavy precipitation events in the central and south-central areas of the U.S. Drought conditions should continue to improve and more beneficial rain will fall across the Corn Belt and many areas of the Midwest.

When it comes to expected temperatures, while warmer temperatures are ahead for many areas, there are no signs of extreme or prolonged heat over most of the U.S. through the next two weeks. Unfortunately, there is no significant drought relief in sight for the far west (California and the Desert Southwest).