A huge portion of the U.S. remains in some degree of drought. If you happened to listen in on the Weekly Water Outlook you might have noticed that large parts of the U.S. are not expected to receive any rain this week, so it is likely that the drought with either expand or intensify over parts of the NW U.S., California, Texas and Oklahoma.
Taking a closer look at the Southeast U.S., note that nearly 60 percent of the region (58.39%) is in some degree of drought. This is a tad lower that last week and modestly lower than 3 months ago. It is also significantly lower than one year ago.
Hurricane Debby eliminated drought over Southeast Georgia and North Florida and an increase in rainfall over the past few months has helped much of North Carolina and Virginia. Here is the change in drought since the start of summer. While drought’s coverage has diminished in spots, the core remains anchored within Georgia.
Along the edges — Alabama, North Georgia, and much of South Carolina — there has been just enough rainfall to slow or halt the progression of drought’s expansion or intensity.
While thr drought status has remained “status quo” over some regions due to scattered daily storms — this has generally not equated into an increase in runoff or stream flows. Almost all rainfall has gone to upper soil rechange with very little surface runoff.