According to the National Drought Monitor, the week's weather was dominated by the passing of Hurricane Sandy and her remnants. The damage across the Northeast is profound. Meanwhile, widespread rains in the Midwest alleviated some D2-D0 drought through Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan and Iowa. North Dakota saw a minor alleviation of Severe (D2) and Moderate Drought (D1) in the north and central parts of the state.
In Oklahoma, Extreme Drought (D3) expanded slightly in the center of the state as many areas have now gone more than 30 days without rainfall and soil moisture impacts are intensifying. In Texas, drought conditions improved in the eastern and central part of the state, while Exceptional Drought (D4) intensified slightly along the south coast. Drought in other parts of the region remained the same.
In its outlook for Nov. 1-5, the drought monitor notes there is an enhanced probability of precipitation from the Southern Plains, extending up through the Great Lakes and into northern New England. "A second area of enhanced precipitation probabilities is expected in the Northwest," it states. "Above-normal temperatures are expected in a large swath from the Southern Plains into the High Plains and the West. Below-normal temperatures will mostly be constrained to the North and the East."