This weeks drought data is in and im sure it’s no surprise that there has been major relief, due to all the rain we have been getting lately!!
Summary from the US Drought Monitor
“The East: Once again, appreciable rainfall from the Mid-Atlantic States into southern New England chipped away at dryness (D0) and moderate to severe drought (D1 to D2). Despite some lingering year-to-date rainfall deficits in locations such as Washington, D.C., drought impacts were quickly diminishing. Through May 22, Washington’s year-to-date precipitation stood at 9.87 inches (67% of normal). Farther south, a core region of extreme to exceptional drought (D3 to D4) lingered across central and southern Georgia, northern and central Florida, southern South Carolina, and southeastern Alabama. On May 19, the first Atlantic tropical storm of the season, Alberto—the earliest named system since Andrea on May 9, 2007—formed about 120 miles south of Cape Fear, North Carolina. The storm was compact and remained offshore during its entire lifespan, resulting in negligible impacts other than contributing to an increase in convective activity along the southern Atlantic Coast.”
And here is the map and chart, if you recall a few weeks back all of NJ, into East PA and Long Island were in moderate drought, CT was in a severe drought along with Delaware, now the drought has been downgraded to only abnormally dry or in other words there’s basically no drought left in NJ, East PA and NYC/Long Island. Connecticut was downgraded from severe to moderate, and it remains fairly unchanged in Delaware although they got some good rains AFTER they did this update so next update we will see. This update also does not include the rain between Tuesday and Thursday of this week, which was a lot for many areas
Comparing percent sfrom last week the area of no drought has expanded east and increased by 2%,
The area of slight drought or abnormally dry has decreased 2%
The area of moderate drought is significantly lower, from 15% of the area to only 5% now!!
The area of severe drought remains unchanged although like I said , I think come next update that will be gone and many areas may not even be in the yellow anymore
I expect an active pattern to continue with PLENTY of rain chances over the next week and so I think this drought will disappear very soon and as said in the summary, this drought is becoming a non factor now, ad very little effects are being felt, unlike in April where wildfires broke out everywhere.