U.S. Drought Monitor (June 24): Southeast Benefits From Claudette, Midwest Gets Spotty Relief Along Great Lakes

Severe thunderstorms, including an EF3 tornado that damaged the western suburbs of Chicago, brought beneficial moisture to parts of northern Illinois, northern Indiana, northern Ohio, and southern Michigan on Sunday (June 20).

Notably, extreme (D3) and severe drought coverage decreased in northern Illinois and southern Lower Michigan for the week ending June 22, according to today's Drought Monitor report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

At the same time, severe drought expanded across parts of northern Iowa, southern Minnesota, and northwest Minnesota, due to worsening precipitation deficits and vegetation conditions.

Elsewhere, Claudette, the third named tropical cyclone of the 2021 Atlantic Hurricane Season, made landfall in the central Gulf Coast and moved across the southeast United States.

Results from Claudette’s rainfall included widespread improvement to drought conditions in North Carolina and South Carolina, as well as improved conditions in northern Florida and southern Georgia.

Meanwhile, a relatively dry week in both the Northeast and the West caused drought conditions to worsen, for the most part, in both regions.

For the full USDA report for June 24, click here.

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