For the week ending Jan. 23, dry conditions continued to dominate weather patterns in large sections of the Plains and Midwest, extending into much of the East.
According to the today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, most of the country also experienced near- or above-normal temperatures, although warmth across the North was less pronounced compared to recent weeks.
Still, the Jan. 26 report said that weekly temperatures averaged at least 5 to 10°F above normal in several areas, including large sections of the Plains and from the western Gulf Coast region into the lower Mississippi Valley.
Across California, the Great Basin, and the Southwest, cool, showery weather replaced previously warm, dry conditions, and across the South, some rain (locally 2 inches or more) fell during the second half of the week.
For the full USDA report, click here.