Around 20% of the contiguous U.S. is not suffering from any level of drought. Can you guess the garden spots?
The 2012 drought is a hungry one. Again this week, drought conditions intensified across the Midwest and Great Plains, according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor.
"We saw drought continue to intensify over Nebraska, Kansas, Missouri, Oklahoma and Arkansas this week," said Brian Fuchs, a climatologist and U.S. Drought Monitor author at the National Drought Mitigation Center, based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. "Pretty much all of Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska are now in severe drought, and it expanded through much of Oklahoma."
The total area of the country shown in moderate drought or worse has been setting records within the U.S. Drought Monitor’s 12-year history since mid-June.
"It’s hard to believe that it's getting worse, but it is, even with some rain in the region," Fuchs said. "Drought continues to intensify through the Midwest and Plains states."
Currently, 3% of the contiguous U.S. is in exceptional drought, 22.3% in extreme drought, 45.6% in severe drought, 63% in moderate drought and 79.4% abnormally dry. Only 20.6% has no drought conditions.
So, if you’re hankering to see something green, you should plan a trip to one of the following "garden spot" states.
Currently 50% or more of these states are not suffering from any level of drought:
- New Hampshire
- North Carolina
- West Virginia
The Weather Ahead
The 5-day forecast (August 1-6) calls for a mixed bag of potential, with the best chances of precipitation being located over western Colorado, the northern and Central Plains (including northwestern Minnesota), parts of the Upper Midwest, the Northeast and the Southeast.
Temperatures are expected to be above normal in the Pacific Northwest, Northeast, and Southern Plains while the Northern Plains may come in a bit cooler than normal.
For the period August 7-11, a continuation of the recent pattern is expected to persist with above-normal temperatures dominating most of the country, the areas of exception being the West Coast and Florida. Below-normal precipitation appears likely in the southern and east-central Plains spreading into Missouri and northern Arkansas.
Those areas projected to see a greater likelihood of precipitation are the Four Corners, Upper Great Lakes, Gulf Coast, Atlantic Seaboard and the northern tier states in the Northeast from New York to Maine.
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Read more about the 2012 drought.