USDA Drought Monitor (8/4): Dry Conditions Improve in Some Areas, Worsen in Others

Heavy rain fell in some areas of the Desert Southwest and southern Colorado eastward into the Texas Panhandle, western Kansas, eastern Colorado, northern Oklahoma, and Arkansas this week, leading to localized improvements in ongoing drought.

But according to today's Drought Monitor report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), dry conditions worsened in the New York city area, parts of New England, parts of the central Great Plains and upper Midwest.

Similar conditions in Texas led to expansion of drought conditions there, while recent precipitation led to some improvements in southwest Texas.

For the full USDA report for Aug. 4, click here.