U.S. Drought Monitor (April 1): Widespread Precipitation Bypasses Southwest, Key Areas of Corn Belt

Widespread extreme to exceptional drought focused across the Southwest last week caused the USDA to rate two-thirds of the winter wheat in New Mexico as very poor.

In the Midwest, according to today's Drought Monitor report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), heavier rainfall bypassed northeast Illinois and eastern Indiana, prompting an expansion of abnormally dry conditions in those areas.

Meanwhile, moderate drought continued across northern Indiana, northern Ohio, and lower Michigan while rainfall improved conditions in eastern Minnesota, western Wisconsin, and central Iowa.

Elsewhere, multiple low pressure systems resulted in widespread precipitation (0.5 to 3 inches, or more) from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast during late March.

Heavy to excessive rain soaked southeast Louisiana and triggered flooding across Tennessee for the week ending March 30.

Along with the flooding, a severe weather outbreak affected Alabama, Georgia, Tennessee, and Kentucky on March 25.

Mostly dry weather persisted farther to the south, including the Florida Peninsula and south Texas.

For the full USDA report for April 1, click here.

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