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Date: 9/23/2014

Title: Drought Relief in the Southwest and Southern Plains

For the past several weeks, rainfall was been widespread and heavy in many of the hardest hit drought areas of the Desert Southwest and Southern Plains. Thanks to a productive thunderstorm season in the Southern Plains, southern Rockies and Desert Southwest combined with the heavy rains from the leftover remains of Hurricanes Norbert and Odile, drought conditions have eased considerably.
As you can see in the graphic below, conditions have improved remarkably from just two months ago. Even more impressive is the fact that this graphic does not include any rainfall since September 16th (more heavy rains have been reported over the past week in Arizona, New Mexico and Texas).


Rainfall over the past seven days has been truly impressive. Some areas of southeastern New Mexico have received over a foot of rainfall. The rain in western areas of Texas has been impressive as well.


As of September 16th, drought conditions have improved in many areas of the Desert Southwest and Southern Plains. Unfortunately, drought stricken California, while receiving some rainfall, did not get into the heavier rains that fell to the east of California so far this month.


However, drought remains in many areas of the Southern Plains and Desert Southwest, however, there is more rain in the forecast for these areas later this month and into October. Therefore more help could be on the way. Even California as we head into October has some rain chances coming their way.