Drought conditions expanded or intensified across parts of the West, Midwest, Southeast, and Northeast, where the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) reports that little or no rain fell in the past week and 30- to 90-day precipitation deficits grew.
In states across the Northeast, Midwest, Southeast, southern Plains, southern to central Rockies, and Far West, USDA also says that half or more of the topsoil moisture was short or very short (dry or very dry) as of July 28.
For the country overall, the percentages for short or very short on precipitation drop to 37% for topsoil moisture and 35% for subsoil moisture, and 30% of the pasture and rangeland was in poor to very poor condition.
Even so, locally heavy rainfall fell on parts of the Plains, Midwest, and East.
Heavy rain drenched southern Texas, where Hurricane Hanna made landfall, and parts of Hawaii, which received beneficial rain from Hurricane Douglas.
For the full USDA report, click here.