USDA Drought Monitor (5/12): Relief Comes to Several Sections of The Plains


Isolated rainfall this past week continued to improve drought conditions in the northern and central Plains and eastern portions of the southern Plains, according to today's Drought Monitor report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Unfortunately, drought-stricken areas of western Kansas and Oklahoma largely missed out on the recent storms.

At the same time the first heat wave of the season brought 90 to 110+ deg F temperatures to the southern Plains and Texas, along with periods of critical fire-weather conditions.

Elsewhere, 1 to 5 inches of rain fell in the southern and western portions of the Midwest, with most of the region remaining drought-free.

For the full USDA report for May12, click here.