Sixty two percent of the country was in some level of drought last August, but that number has been reduced to 45 percent this August.
Heavy downpours have increased in every region of the contiguous states since 1950.
Since 1900, the average annual precipitation is up 5 percent for the continental U.S.
For most areas of the U.S., the worst drought in more than 50 years is likely to persist well into the winter.
Present vs. projected July days over 95 degrees Fahrenheit
In recent decades in the American West, wildfires have burned about 17 times more land in years with early snowmelt than with late.
Satellite-derived images comparing the first full week of April in years with early (2002) vs. late (2008) snowmelt.
The August 2006 Tripod Complex Fire burned some 180,000 acres of beetle-damaged forest in central Washington State.