U.S. Drought Monitor Update for March 8, 2016 | Despite El Nino, the Drought Rages On…

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El Nino has been good to the Western USA where drought has been very prevalent, especially in California but it hasn’t been enough to erase the drought.  At least not yet.

Drought conditions still exist in every single Western US state with CA and NV still experiencing “Exceptional Drought” – the most sever drought rating.


U.S. Drought Monitor Update for March 8, 2016

“According to the March 8, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 12.4% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 14.3%.The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) held steady at 4.1% for a fourth week.

Weather systems moving in the upper-level flow this U.S. Drought Monitor week generated fronts and low pressure systems, which brought above-normal precipitation to parts of the South, Midwest, and New England. Ridging in the upper atmosphere weakened these systems and kept much of the country drier than normal and the western two-thirds of the contiguous United States warmer than normal. A strong upper-level weather system moved into the West near the end of the week, bringing locally heavy precipitation.” – NOAA


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