June 22 U.S. Drought Update

The East got some relief, while the Midwest and parts of the plains developed abnormal dryness. 

New England and most of the mid-Atlantic were spared abnormal dryness by rain late in the period. Abnormally dry areas did develop, however, in central Maryland and south-central Pennsylvania. Abnormally dry areas in southern Ohio extended eastward into northern West Virginia.

Abnormal dryness lingers in parts of central Florida and southern Georgia, through most of the area continued to get drenching rain. Abnormal dryness expanded in extreme southern Tennessee.

Southeastern Kansas, northeastern and southeastern Oklahoma, and northeastern Texas transitioned out of abnormal dryness, while abnormal dryness and moderate drought expanded in southern, west-central, and panhandle Texas and in central and eastern panhandle Oklahoma.

The region saw 1 to 3 inches of rain, with drought concerns in northeastern Missouri, east-central Illinois, and central Indiana washed away by 3 to 6 inches of rain. Abnormal dryness held on or developed in northwestern and south-central Iowa, central Illinois, the southern Lake Michigan area, southeastern Michigan, and parts of northern and central Ohio.

Conditions worsened across eastern Montana, western and southern North Dakota, and western South Dakota. Abnormal dryness also expanded in central and southeastern Montana, northeastern Wyoming, and central and northeastern Nebraska.

The West is starting to dry out from a wet winter season. Abnormal dryness developed in central Arizona and southeastern New Mexico, and abnormally dry areas expanded in Utah.

Looking ahead

The lower Mississippi and Tennessee valleys are expected to get 2 to 5 inches of rain, thanks to Tropical Storm Cindy. The Texas panhandle, Wisconsin, and Michigan should also see decent rain. But little or no rain is expected in the northern Plains and from the Rockies westward.

Drought occurs periodically across the nation and can cause devastation for crops, residents, and wildlife—even if it's only temporary. Other parts of the nation, such as California and, more recently, the South, are plagued by drought. Long-term drought impacts the economy, agriculture, and the daily lives of residents. These conditions also increase the risks and devastation from wildfires. In such desperate conditions, community and state leaders have implemented plans to conserve water and replenish natural sources through desalination, rationing, recycling, reusing, and even purchasing water from other locations. Water rationing for both residents and businesses disrupts productivity and the local economy. Manufacturers are turning to self-sustained methods for maintaining production capacity, such as zero liquid discharge (ZLD) and water reuse systems for their process water. Residents are required to limit watering, swap out foliage for drought-resistant plants, and more.

Data retrieved from United States Drought Monitor.

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