U.S. Drought Monitor (Oct. 29): Early Arctic Blast Eases Drought in Many Areas

An early blast of frigid Arctic air and snow the week ending Oct. 27 brought welcome relief from the extreme heat and dryness plaguing the North Central States, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Oct. 29 Drought Monitor report.

Snow, sleet, freezing rain and rain also glazed parts of the southern Plains, while moderate to heavy rainfall fell from southwestern Oklahoma northeastward into the Great Lakes region.

Scattered, light precipitation was measured across most of the Pacific Northwest, Southeast, Midwest, and western portions of the Northeast.

Much of the Southwest and Intermountain West was dry, with wild fires still burning across California.

Plus, little or no precipitation fell on the southern Plains, parts of the Southeast, and eastern sections of the Northeast.

For the full USDA report, click here.

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