U.S. Drought Monitor (Sept. 3): Hurricane Laura Provides Little or No Drought Relief

Hurricane Laura brought torrential rains to much of the Southeast after smacking into Southeastern Louisiana during the week ending Sept. 1 but offered little or no relief to drought-stricken areas in the upper Midwest, most of the central and southern Plains, and from the central Rockies to the Pacific Coast.

The precipitation even missed most of the Carolinas and eastern Georgia, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Sept. 3 Drought Monitor report.

The hurricane pushed through the lower Mississippi Valley, then moved northeast south of the Ohio River to the central Appalachians.

Rainfall ranged from 5 inches to locally more than a foot along central and western Louisiana, adjacent Texas, much of Arkansas, and southeastern Oklahoma for the seven days ending Tuesday morning (Sept. 1).

Other areas getting 4 inches or more included parts of Alabama and Mississippi (especially in the north) and scattered sections of the central Appalachians and eastern Ohio Valley, central Wisconsin, the western Florida Peninsula, and part of interior North Carolina.

For the full USDA report, click here.

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