According to this week's National Drought Monitor, Oklahoma was the lucky recipient of multiple rain events this week, something that has not happened in quite a while. While these events did lead to minor improvement in Extreme Drought (D3) in eastern Oklahoma, the precipitation deficits remain large and the impacts widespread. No improvement was made in the rest of the state.
"This same series of storms also moved through Arkansas and southern Missouri. While it did improve short and long-term precipitation deficits some, impacts, especially to agriculture, are still extreme. Despite the rain, recent impact information led to the elimination of improvements made last week in this area. Conditions in Kansas degraded slightly in the central part of the state with a slight expansion of Abnormal Dryness (D0), Moderate (D1) and Severe (D2) Drought. In Texas, mounting dryness in the south, around Brownsville and Beaumont, led to slight degradation of drought conditions," notes the monitor.
Meanwhile in the Midwest, conditions improved slightly. Minnesota saw expansion of Abnormal Dryness (D0) in the southern part of the state. Additional beneficial precipitation this week led to wide improvement in Abnormal Dryness (D0), Moderate (D1) and Severe (D2) Drought across Illinois and Indiana.
The outlook for the next 5 days (September 28 – October 3) includes an enhanced probability of precipitation limited to the Northeast, the Northwest, and the extreme Southwest, early in the period. Later, the above-normal probability of precipitation encompasses most of the West and is eliminated in the Northeast. Below normal temperatures are expected in the eastern part of the country early in the period. Later, the chances shift to near-normal. In the West and central part of the country, temperatures are expected to be above normal throughout the period.