U.S. Drought Monitor (Nov. 25): A Tale of Two Weather Patterns, One Wet and One Dry

Several Pacific weather systems, in the form of shortwave troughs, brought rain or snow for the week ending Nov. 24 to parts of northern California and the Pacific Northwest, western Colorado, the northern Plains to Mid-Mississippi Valley, and Tennessee Valley to Northeast.

With the exception of rain in parts of Florida, the rest of the continental United States had little to no precipitation, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Nov. 25 Drought Monitor report.

Areas receiving above-normal precipitation included parts of the Sierra Nevada, southern Idaho, other scattered parts of the Pacific Northwest, strips across the central Palins to Ohio Valley and across New England, and parts of Hawaii.

Improvement in drought conditions occurred where precipitation was above normal, while drought expanded or intensified in some areas where dryness persisted.

Temperatures were largely warmer than normal, with anomalies 9 degrees F or warmer from the Southwest to northern Plains.

For the full USDA report, click here.

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