U.S. Drought Monitor (Oct. 22): Some Drought Relief Last Week, but the Great Plains to Southwest Stays Dry

Drought-easing precipitation fell in the past week over the higher elevations of Washington and Oregon, in much of Montana (particularly the mountainous western half), in the Lower Missouri River and Ohio River valleys, and in New England, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Oct. 22 Drought Monitor report.

The southeastern United States, meanwhile, was mostly dry, with the exception of the Florida Peninsula.

Dry conditions were also the rule across much of the central and southern Great Plains for the week ending Oct. 20, leading to widespread worsening of drought conditions from the Great Plains to the Southwest.

For the full USDA report, click here.

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