High pressure left all but North Carolina with abnormal dryness within U.S. state borders.
During this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week, drought worsened across much of the southern Plains to Southeast, and across most of the West.
Temperatures also stayed unusually hot, with daily maximums exceeding 90 degrees F across the South throughout the week and across much of the West for most of the week.
Upper-level weather systems, meanwhile, tracked across the U.S.-Canadian border, dragging surface lows and fronts along with them.
The systems tapped Gulf of Mexico moisture to drop locally heavy rain across parts of the Plains to Midwest, while convective thunderstorms peppered coastal areas of the Gulf.
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