Areas of Dryness Expanding in Some Areas
By Don Day, Jr., Meteorologist
The most recent drought monitor is show below. Drought conditions continue to grow in the Southern Plains, Southern Rockies and portions of the Desert Southwest. Another area of persistent dryness is shown in the Northern Plains of eastern Montana and the Dakotas. Dry conditions also continue to grow across central and southern California.
Over the past month, however, there have been some areas that have had some help from recent rain and snow events. The graphic below shows precipitation., relative to normal for the past 30 days.
The blue and green areas highlight areas of increased precipitation over the past month. Of interest is the large area of blue across the southcentral areas of the nation as well as in Upper Midwest and Corn Belt. Also, snows have helped the dry areas of eastern Montana and the Dakotas over the past month.
The areas of brown and red show much below normal precipitation over the past 30 days. The continued dryness in the Southern Plains and the far west remains a concern.
In the coming weeks, the trends of wet conditions will persist in the southcentral and southeast as well as in the Upper Midwest. However, there will be better chances for much needed rain in California and portions of the far west. More snow will in Montana and the Dakotas.
Across the Southern Plains and many areas of winter wheat country, drier than normal conditions are going to persist into early March.