USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin (8/2): Precipitation Scarce Outside Deadly Band of Storms

Moisture associated with the Southwestern monsoon, squeezed between a ridge of high pressure over the Deep South and cold fronts crossing the northern Plains, Midwest, and Northeast, in late July produced heavy rain that led to significant flooding in the St. Louis, MO, area before causing catastrophic flooding in eastern Kentucky.

The latter resulted in at least three dozen fatalities, according to today's Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

Those two hard-hit areas were part of a broad band of locally heavy showers stretching from the Four Corners States to the middle Atlantic Coast.

Outside the band of heavy rain, significant rainfall was scarce last week.

For the full USDA report for Aug. 2, click here.