According to the National Drought Monitor, 59.53% of the Midwest is covered by some form of drought, which represents a minor change from 60.22% last week. The monitor notes that snow and rain were common in the region from Missouri into Illinois last week.
"Up to 3 inches of water was sampled out of the snows in Missouri. Some improvements were started in Missouri, and in the western part of the state, the full impact of the moisture can be assessed as the snow begins to melt and the response is observed," states the monitor.
It its outlook for February 27 to March 3 the monitor notes that precipitation chances are limited to the Pacific Northwest and also from the Great Lakes up into New England. Amounts are generally in the 0.50 to 1.0 inch range in the Great Lakes to New England and up to 1.5 inches along the coast in Washington. Temperatures during this time look to remain well below normal for the eastern half of the country. Departures of 12 to 15 degrees below normal can be expected over the south with some above normal temperatures over the west coast.
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