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More Rain Expected in U.S. North, Drought to Continue in South

The Ohio River Valley and the northern U.S. will probably receive more rain than normal through May 13, according to the U.S. Climate Prediction Center.

Rain this year has pushed the Ohio and Mississippi rivers toward record flooding, according to the National Weather Service.

The Ohio River at Cairo, Illinois, is at 59.03 feet and is expected to match the 1937 record of 59.5 feet at 7 p.m. tomorrow, according to the weather service. The Mississippi River at New Madrid, Missouri, is forecast to reach a record height of 48 feet next week, also breaking a 1937 mark.

Texas and parts of the southern U.S. are experiencing severe drought. The center’s 6- to 10-day and 8- to 14-day outlooks call for the South to receive less rain than normal through May 13.

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