This area will be closely monitored for future degradation. Beneficial precipitation, with locally heavy high-elevation snow, continued across the Four Corners region into the first week of the New Year. Moderate drought was expanded on Kauai, Maui, and the Big Island, while it was introduced on western Oahu. Short-term dryness is likely to increase across south Florida and the lower Rio Grande Valley through mid-January. It was the strongest quake to strike the region in more than 200 years. As of January 7, water levels in Lake Okeechobee were approximately 2 feet below normal. The highest probabilities for above normal temperatures are forecast along the West Coast and central to southern high Plains, while near to below normal temperatures are favored across the eastern U.
The most likely areas to experience below normal precipitation are parts of the Northeast and Florida Peninsula. . Very Unsettled Weather This Week for the West Coast, Especially California Two Pacific storm systems will shift into California today and Tuesday, before a much larger, more powerful storm plows into the West Coast on Wednesday and Thursday. Farther to the north and east, little to no precipitation and above-average temperatures resulted in an increase in D1 across Adams and El Paso counties of north-central Colorado and an expansion of D0 from north-central Colorado into southern Wyoming. A strong upper-level low resulted in surface low development along the western Gulf Coast on January 3. Precipitation is forecast to average near to below-normal across the Alaska Panhandle during the next 5 days, while below-normal rainfall is likely to continue for the Hawaiian Islands.
Drought is defined as a moisture deficit bad enough to have social, environmental or economic effects. Onshore flow returned to the West Coast by January 5, resulting in rain and high-elevation snow. The recent precipitation during an ideal time of year for soil moisture recharge resulted in the removal of any lingering abnormal dryness D0 across northeast Oklahoma and northwest Arkansas. In Puerto Rico, mostly dry weather persisted with short-term deficits continuing to increase. Symbols shown on the map: United States Cities, Ski Resorts, Mountain Peaks, United States Surf Breaks, Tide Forecasts, All snow, city, surf, tide forecasts, United States Temperature Observations, Wind Observations, Weather Observations - new, United States Wind Observations - new, Temperature Observations - new, Weather Observations, United States Live Webcams. Onshore flow continued to bring widespread rain and high-elevation snow to the West Coast during the first week of the New Year.
Short-term abnormal dryness D0 and moderate drought D1 were expanded in southern Texas where 90-day deficits ranged from 1 to 4 inches. Santa Barbara and Ventura counties received another round of heavy precipitation locally more than 2 inches this past week, producing mud slides in burn-scarred hillsides. We generally include a description on the map of what the primary physical effects are for short- and long-term drought. This low pressure system then tracked northeast to the mid-Atlantic by January 5, maintaining excessive wetness across much of the lower Mississippi Valley and Southeast. Select from the other forecast maps on the right to view the temperature, cloud cover, wind and precipitation for this country on a large scale with animation.
Although little to no precipitation less than 0. This increase in coverage of D0 and D1 is consistent with a continuation of suppressed rainfall, typically associated with an emerging El Nino. Map overlays available for display: United States Pressure, Wind, Wind+pressure, United States Freezing level. A small area of abnormal dryness D0 exists across northwestern Minnesota where the ground is frozen and snow-covered Following a week of widespread snowfall, mostly dry weather prevailed across the northern and central Great Plains. Drought Classification The Drought Monitor summary map identifies general areas of drought and labels them by intensity.
Looking Ahead Temperatures are forecast to average near to slightly below normal across the southern tier of the continental U. Increased chances for above normal temperatures are forecast for much of Alaska. Overall, expect several rounds of heavy rain, mountain snow, gusty winds, rough surf with possible flooding, especially near recent wildfire burn scars. During the past week, local precipitation amounts exceeded 1 inch liquid equivalent in Unitah County, Utah where D3 was improved to D2. However, southern Florida remained mostly dry as short-term dryness worsened.
However, the long-term drought area in the Texas Panhandle remained mostly west of the heavier precipitation and south Texas remained dry during the past week. Control the animation using the slide bar found beneath the weather map. Since it is typically dry this time of year, there are no impacts apparent at this time to support the introduction of severe drought D2. Above normal precipitation is favored for the Aleutians and southwest mainland Alaska, while near to below normal precipitation is most likely across the remainder of Alaska. Since 7-day precipitation amounts averaged below normal across northern Vermont and northwest Maine, those existing D0 areas were maintained. Above-average precipitation amounts were observed across the southern half of California and the Southwest. The United States Weather Map below shows the weather forecast for the next 10 days.
This rainfall maintained saturated soils with soil moisture rankings above the 95th percentile throughout much of this region, along and north of the Gulf Coast. United States Weather Map The United States Weather Map below shows the weather forecast for the next 10 days. Recent heavy precipitation and only small precipitation deficits at 60 days prompted removal of abnormal dryness across parts of western Washington. Although widespread precipitation occurred across coastal areas of Washington, Oregon, and northern California, 7-day amounts averaged below normal north of Eureka, California. Thousands of bodies were picked up by trucks and buried in mass graves. Herrmann Fercher, leader of the Mountain Rescue Team, said they had had to stop the search as the weather conditions had made it too dangerous, but hoped they would be able to go on on Wednesday.
D0 areas are not in drought, but are experiencing abnormally dry conditions that could turn into drought or are recovering from drought but are not yet back to normal. Weather observations at Tehran's Mehrabad International Airport reported rain and 7 km 4. Control the animation using the slide bar found beneath the weather map. Minor to moderate river flooding continues across the eastern Carolinas, southern Georgia, the Florida Panhandle, and parts of Alabama. In the San Luis Valley, recent precipitation prompted an improvement from D3 to D2. Elsewhere, additional rain and high-elevation snow is anticipated for California as onshore flow persists. Widespread moderate to heavy precipitation 0.