USDA Drought Monitor Highlights

September 28, 2012 05:48 AM
 

USDA Drought Monitor released data this week pertaining to precipitation by region.

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The Ohio Valley: Recent precipitation allowed for a 1-category improvement in the drought depiction across north-central and northeastern Ohio, and northwestern Pennsylvania. In southwestern Indiana, a large surplus - 5-8 inches in the past 30-days -of precipitation will help to recharge soils.

The Midwest/Upper Great Lakes: Significant changes were deemed necessary this week to the regional drought depiction, especially for far southwestern and northwestern portions of Minnesota, where extreme drought was introduced. In the Upper Peninsula of Michigan, significant improvement is noted as recent synoptic and lake-enhanced precipitation - weekly totals of 1-4 inches for the northern half of Upper Michigan - helped to trim back the area of D0 conditions, now confined mainly to Iron, Dickinson, and Menominee counties. The Menominee River along the border with northern Wisconsin is very low, and at some points near record low levels. D0 was also removed from northern Door County (north of Sturgeon Bay) due to recent rainfall. In east-central and south-central Illinois, recent rains prompted a 1-category upgrade from moderate drought to abnormal dryness, with additional upgrades possible next week pending reassessment of conditions.

The Northern Plains: In eastern North Dakota, an area of extreme drought was introduced to the counties of Nelson, Grand Forks, Griggs, Steele, and Trail. In addition to year-to-date precipitation deficits ranging from 6-12 inches, significant reduction in sub-surface water has also been noticed. Central portions of the state have experienced additional drying, prompting a reduction in coverage which now includes only Sheridan, northern Burleigh, eastern McLean, and northwestern Wells counties. In central and eastern South Dakota, 1-category degradations were made in response to a continuing lack of rain.

The Central and Southern Plains: Little or no rainfall this week resulted in mostly minor degradations across parts of North-, East-, and South Texas.

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