U.S. Drought Monitor Report for the Week Ending Aug. 6 (Text)

Following is the text of the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor as released by the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska:


The Northeast: Although the region was generally dry, cooler
than normal conditions alleviated concerns about dryness or
drought.  The greatest rains over the last week were recorded in
Maine and portions of New Jersey.  No changes to the regional
depiction this week.

Mid-Atlantic: Scattered precipitation and cooler than normal
temperatures kept drought concerns from developing in the
region.  The coastal regions received the most precipitation
this week while portions of the West Virginia panhandle and
southern North Carolina were the driest.

Southeast:  A mostly wet week over most of the region with the
greatest rains falling in northeastern Alabama and portions of
west Georgia.  No drought concerns for this region at this time.

South:  Dryness and warm temperatures in the area brought some
expansion of the drought intensities.  D2 was increased in
southeast Arkansas while the D0 and D1 conditions in the
northwest improved.  For south Texas, D3 and D4 expanded, while
in east Texas D0 was introduced into several counties.
Improvements were made in portions of the Texas panhandle and
west Texas where the recent rains along with a generally wet
pattern helped to improve the drought-related impacts.  In the
Oklahoma panhandle, D4 was increased to the east as several
counties have missed out on many of the recent rain events in
the region and have season low precipitation totals.

Midwest: Wet conditions over portions of Illinois and Indiana
were in contrast to the dryness over most of Iowa, Minnesota,
and Wisconsin.  In Minnesota, D0 conditions were expanded while
in Wisconsin, a new area of D0 was introduced.  Western Iowa had
D1 conditions introduced, while D0 was pushed farther to the
east.  Portions of southern Missouri recorded very heavy rain
during the current week, allowing for some trimming of the
southern edge of D0 in the state.  The D1 region in Missouri was
also trimmed along the west edge, but pushed farther to the
south as well.

The Plains: Another week of very heavy rain amounts over much of
Kansas allowed for a full category improvement of much of the
drought status in the state, especially in the central and east.
Some counties reported several stations with 5+ inches of rain
for the week. Not all areas of Kansas received the beneficial
rains as most of western Kansas missed out again this week.
Farther to the north, D0 was removed from portions of southeast
Nebraska and D2 was improved to D1 in southern Nebraska.  In
northern portions of Nebraska, a full category improvement was
made along the border with South Dakota, and in western
Nebraska, D3 was improved and D4 removed.  South Dakota also had
several areas improve, including a full category improvement in
southern portions of the state as well as into western counties.
In northeast South Dakota, D0 was expanded because of short-term
dryness.  North Dakota had D1 introduced and D0 expand as short-
term dryness has started to impact the region.

The West: Several areas of improvement took place in Colorado as
the consistent rain has allowed for some green up of pastures
and curtailed further degradation in many portions of the state.
In southeast Colorado, D4 was improved, while D3 was improved in
the southwest.  In the north central portions of the state, D1
and D2 conditions were improved.  Wyoming has had some areas
improve this week as D0 was removed from the far northeast
portions of the state while D1 was improved in the southeast.
New Mexico had some adjoining areas to Colorado and Texas
improved this week as the area received some scattered rain
events.  In central New Mexico, D4 conditions were improved as
the short-term conditions improved.  Improvements were also made
in Arizona as many locations in the northern portion of the
state had record to near record wetness for the month.  In the
north central portion of the state, D3 was improved to D2 and in
the southeast, D2 and D1 were both improved.  A large expansion
of D3 conditions took place this week in Nevada, southwest
Idaho, and eastern Oregon.  In Oregon, D1 was expanded in the
central portion of the state, and in Utah, an area of D2 was
expanded where hydrologic issues are continuing.

Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico: In Hawaii, the recent rains were
helpful but not enough to make any improvements, so status quo
continued this week.  There were no changes in Alaska or Puerto
Rico this week.

Looking Ahead: Over the next five days (August 8-11)
Temperatures will continue to remain below normal over most of
the country, with departures of 6-9 degrees Fahrenheit
anticipated over the Plains and West Coast.  Above-normal
temperatures are expected in the southern United States and the
northern Rocky Mountains.  A wet pattern is likely to continue
over much of Colorado, Kansas, and Missouri and into Kentucky
and Tennessee.  The forecast is anticipating amounts of 3 inches
over most of Kansas and western Kentucky.  Dry conditions are
projected over most of the western United States and into Texas.

The CPC 6-10 day forecast (August 11-15) anticipates the best
chances for below-normal temperatures will be over the Plains,
Midwest, and Northeast, with the best chances for below-normal
temperatures in the Great Lakes region.  The best chances for
above-normal temperatures will be in the southern United States,
Pacific Northwest and Alaska.  Most of the country has above-
normal chances of recording above-normal precipitation during
this time frame.  The greatest chances of above-normal
precipitation will be over the Southeast.  The Great Basin,
Southwest, and most of Texas have the best chances of recording
below-normal precipitation for the period.

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