Thursday, August 8, 2013

A Tale Of Two Halves

This summer has been one of persistence across the U.S. in the general weather pattern.  The West has been too dry and the East too wet.  Severe to exceptional drought covers much of the western half of the country, while flooding and downpours have drenched the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic.  Some areas have seen relief from the devastating drought of last year and it has gotten worse for others.

The U.S. Drought Monitor for August 6, 2013.  This shows the areal extent of drought across the U.S. at this point in time.  Click on the image for a larger view.  Image Credit: NOAA/USDA.

The worst of the drought continues to be in the High Plains, but it is getting worse over much of the Southwest.  This has already led to an above normal wildfire season in the West.