USDA Drought Monitor (5/18): Midwest Drought Confined to Areas West of Mississippi River

According to today's Drought Monitor report of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), in the Midwest, nearly all the region’s drought was confined to areas west of the Mississippi River, where pockets of heavy rain greatly reduced the coverage of abnormal dryness (D0) and moderate to extreme drought (D1 to D3).

Some of the heaviest Midwestern rain fell across southern Minnesota, where D0 and D1 quickly turned to flooded fields amid May 10-14 rainfall totals that locally reached 4 to 8 inches or more.

East of the Mississippi River, there were several patches of D0, mainly in Illinois, with a few other areas being watched due to a short-term drying trend.

Read the full report here.