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At Long Last, Great Plains Sees Some Drought Relief

At Long Last, Great Plains Sees Some Drought Relief

While the drought is far from over in the Great Plains, the precipitation that fell this week was welcome news for a region that has needed it the most. For example, in parts of South Dakota, about 30 inches of snow fell through Wednesday, carrying more than an inch of liquid water equivalent that will help increase soil moisture.… Read More

Spring Blizzard to Dump Heavy Snow, Spark Severe Storms

Spring Blizzard to Dump Heavy Snow, Spark Severe Storms

This storm will be notable for its broad geographic reach and multiple hazards, ranging from blizzard conditions with heavy snow and powerful winds, to severe thunderstorms containing large hail, damaging winds, and potentially tornadoes. … Read More

Warming May Mean More Toxic Algae Blooms for Lake Erie

Warming May Mean More Toxic Algae Blooms for Lake Erie

Toxic algae blooms in Lake Erie could come more often and be more intense in coming decades thanks in part to torrential rains intensified by global warming, according to a study published in Monday’s Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. Heavy runoff from farmland, say the authors, can carry nutrient-rich fertilizer into the western… Read More

Drought and Floods in NOAA’s ‘Mixed Bag’ Spring Outlook

Drought and Floods in NOAA’s ‘Mixed Bag’ Spring Outlook

The West and South will continue to face more drought this spring, while the Midwest is likely to see heavy rains and some serious flooding as the northern snowpack melts, according to a seasonal forecast released by the U.S. government on Thursday. The Seasonal Outlook, a product of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration… Read More

Drought Eases in Midwest, but Rainfall Deficit Continues

Drought Eases in Midwest, but Rainfall Deficit Continues

Drought conditions improved in the Midwest this week, as rain and snow fell on the northern half of the continental U.S. this week. However, drought conditions remained largely unchanged across the upper Midwest and High Plains, where the frozen ground and long-term soil dryness slowed the ability of precipitation to provide relief.… Read More

Myriad Hazards Loom as Intense Snowstorm Moves In

Myriad Hazards Loom as Intense Snowstorm Moves In

In Washington itself, forecasts call for about 6 to 10 inches of snow, possibly more, depending on precipitation rates and surface temperatures. The highest snowfall amounts should fall in the western part of the D.C. metro area, with warmer air limiting accumulations to the east of Interstate 95.… Read More

Heavy Rains, Snow Bring First Hint of Good Drought News

Heavy Rains, Snow Bring First Hint of Good Drought News

There was a net decline in all categories of drought across the lower 48 states during the week ending on Feb. 26. Most of the drought relief was confined to the Southeast and Southern Plains. In the Southeast, the total area in moderate drought or worse plummeted from 43.76 percent down to 27.26 percent in just one week.… Read More

Time Is Running Out to Avert a Third Summer of Drought

Time Is Running Out to Avert a Third Summer of Drought

Meanwhile, the economic toll of the worst drought to strike the U.S. since at least the 1950s is climbing, and it “will probably end up being a top-five disaster event” among the government’s ranking of all weather disasters over the past three decades, said Brad Rippey, a meteorologist in the Agriculture Department’s Office of the Chief Economist,… Read More