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Date: 8/10/2020

Title: Drought Update

The summer of 2020 has been a very dry one for many areas of the west with drought conditions showing up in many areas of the Rockies and western High Plains. Even some areas of the Corn Belt that had been very wet a year ago have now seen dryness increase over the last few weeks.

The summer of 2020 breaks a fairly long streak of summers where drought had not been widespread.

The graphic below shows drought conditions in early August of 2019. Note the lack of severe drought conditions anywhere in the lower 48 states a year ago.


Here is the latest drought monitor which shows wide spread drought conditions across many areas. Unfortunately, there are no good chances for drought breaking rains anytime soon. The cooling of the subtropic Pacific waters is a large reason that dryness has returned to the west.