USDA Drought Monitor (3/23): Midwest Sees Colder Than Normal Temperatures

According to today's Drought Monitor report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), most of the Midwest region saw temperatures range from 5 to 15 degrees colder than normal this week, with scattered areas receiving up to 1 inch or so of precipitation while some regions remained mostly dry.

In southeast Lower Michigan, long-term moderate drought decreased in coverage as recent precipitation alleviated long-term precipitation deficits.

A few spots in central and eastern Missouri saw small areas of abnormal dryness develop where streamflows and soil moisture decreased.

Abnormal dryness and moderate and severe drought expanded slightly eastward in southeast Kansas and southwest Missouri, where streamflows and soil moisture decreased amid mounting short-term precipitation deficits.

Otherwise, few changes were made to the USDM depiction in the region, and Illinois, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Wisconsin remained free of drought or abnormal dryness.

Read the full report here.