On this week’s map, areas of the region—including central and western Pennsylvania, south-central New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, southeastern New Hampshire, and northern Maine—saw expansion and intensification of areas of drought in response to a combination of factors including short-term precipitation deficits, dry soils, and low streamflows. Fires were reported on Babeldaob/Big Island, specifically in Airai, Aimeliik, and Ngatpang states. Based on an August 14 report, the reservoir level at Majuro was 84% of maximum, which is above the threshold for concern. The coral atoll of Mili remains drought-free this week. "We provide a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. A map is released each week with drought conditions across the country, indexing everything from groundwater storage to river levels. UCSF doc estimates US death total if entire country... Say goodbye to San Francisco's iconic Coca-Cola sign. Other areas with a moderate probability of above-normal precipitation include much of the Midwest and the eastern tier. The drought category for Ailinglapalap worsened from D0(S) last week to D1(S) this week, with last week's OCONUS drought author alluding to potential deterioration. The March 2020 rainfall total in Jaluit was 11.23 inches. In Oklahoma, areas of drought intensified in the extreme southwestern part of the state with agricultural producers reporting very poor rangeland conditions and dry stock tanks. Current water levels are about 12.5 feet below the land surface. Given the adequate rainfall across American Samoa, Tutuila remains drought-free. Based on these SPI values, and the lack of precipitation, the D2(S) drought classification for Saipan was worsened to D3(S). On St. John, about a third of an inch of rain was measured in rain gauges this week at the Windswept Beach station (0.34 inch) and CoCoRaHS stations at Cruz Bay 0.8 NE (0.39) and Cruz Bay 1.6 E (0.28). King AP had the third driest 8/1-8/18 and tenth driest 4/1-8/18 (with 6 days missing) (out of 58 years of data). Siufaga Ridge (NPS) reported 3.27 inches of rain this week, and Toa Ridge (NPS) reported 2.38 inches of rain this week. The U.S. Drought Monitor map released on Thursday, Oct. 1, 2020, shows dramatic change. To date, the monsoon has been a “bust” across much of the Southwest with cities like Phoenix, Tucson, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, and El Paso all reporting well below-normal precipitation totals for the monsoon season. Average temperatures were well above normal across much of Texas with areas in the Trans-Pecos and West Central Texas experiencing temperatures ranging from 6-to-10 degrees above normal for the week. Several months in a row of below-average precipitation have brought drought to the Pacific Northwest in spring 2020, with only the northwestern corner of Washington, around Seattle, free of any kind of drought or abnormal dryness as of the May 19 update from the U.S. Drought Monitor. In March, Woleai received 5.16 inches of rain, which falls well short of the 8-inch minimum required to meet most water needs. Since March 1st, 3.85 inches of rain has fallen which is almost twice the normal amount (1.96 inches) for the same period. According to the National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), the Northeast Climate Region experienced its warmest (+4.6° F anomaly) July on record. This is the third driest March in 69 years in Yap, which translates to the 4th percentile. For the week, the heaviest precipitation was observed in central Minnesota (3-to-5 inch accumulations) while the rest of the region was generally dry with the exception of isolated areas in southern Indiana, southern Illinois, and Ohio that received modest accumulations (<1 inch). SPI values at Yap for 1,2,3,6,12,18, and 24 months are (respectively): -1.79, -1.22, -1.88, -1.15, -1.88, -1.34, and -1.38. Satellite-based estimates of 7-day precipitation (QPE) showed a band of rainfall across Indonesia just south of the equator, which bifurcated to the east with one branch extending southeast as the SPCZ and the other branch going northeast over eastern Micronesia. Drought-stricken areas along much of the Gulf Coast of Texas, however, received accumulations of generally less than one inch. There were hints of precipitation north of Yap and near Guam, but these localized showers were too small and transient to be detected well by the satellite QPE. Weekly rainfall totals on St. Croix ranged from 0.11 inch at the Henry Rohlsen Airport to 0.22 inch at East Hill and 0.32 inch at the Christiansted 1.8 ESE CoCoRaHS station. In American Samoa, Pago Pago received 3.57 inches of rain this week. The atoll received 5.86 inches of rain this week. D2-SL continued at Rota and Saipan to reflect the longer-term dryness. ‘Go big or go home:’ One SF restaurant spent $70K on its... Maps show where PG&E will turn off power in Bay Area tonight. However, dryness was offset by a relatively wet week, with 3.56 inches of rain being reported. Compared with a maximum storage capacity of 36 million gallons, the reservoir currently stands at 77.4 percent of capacity. D0 Abnormally Dry—used for areas showing dryness but not yet in drought, or for areas recovering from drought. In west-central Utah and east-central Nevada, a small area of Moderate Drought (D1) was added in response to short-term dryness during the past 30–90 days. With one day of observations still missing, the rainfall total for this week is 0.55-inch, well short of the 2-inch weekly minimum. Yap received 0.33-inch of rain so far this week (2 days missing). The shutoff will impact 24 counties across Northern California. In the Upper Midwest and northern portions of New England, accumulations of less than 1 inch are expected. Recent weeks were below the 2-inch weekly minimum, but not by much, and enough rain has been falling spaced close enough across the days that vegetation is green, crops are in good shape, and water supply in the catchments has improved. During the past week, an intense heat wave impacted the region as a strong mid/upper level ridge of high pressure parked over the region. Pingelap remains at D0(S). "We provide a beautiful and relaxing atmosphere. If verified, this high would represent the hottest temperature on Earth since 1913. The new federal Drought Monitor map shows that localized drought conditions are increasing in Northern California. Other rankings include a January-March period equating to the 6th percentile, and a July 2019 - March 2020 period translating to the 4th percentile. Since March 1st, 2.60 inches of rain fell (normal is 1.90 inches), and Year-To-Date (YTD) precipitation totaled 7.55 inches (normal is 5.71 inches). S Short-Term, typically less than 6 months (e.g. For the month of March, 5.29 inches of rain was reported. In the Bay Area, the map reveals that drought conditions range from moderate to severe. In addition to the extreme heat, thunderstorm activity caused dozens of lightning-ignited wildfires to break out across central and northern California leading the Governor to declare a state of emergency on Tuesday, August 18. In Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, and Maine, areas of Severe Drought (D2) expanded on the map in response to mounting precipitation deficits (4 to 8 inches) during the past 90 days and reduced streamflows. In the Marshall Islands, no data was received from Utirik this week or the last 3 months so an analysis could not be made there. The Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) values for the Rohlsen AP were at D1 levels for the 1- and 9-month time scales and at D3 level for the 12-month time scale. In Alaska, above-normal precipitation is expected with probabilities ranging from 33% to 50%. "We had a dry year, but one dry year doesn’t make a drought. Guam's current status of D1(S) is therefore retained this week. Koror reported 4.66 inches of rain in March, which is well below the minimum 8-inch requirement to meet most water needs. Using data through the end of March, SPI values for 1,2,3,6,12,18, and 24 months are (respectively): -0.71, -0.20, -0.24, -0.36, -1.13, -1.37, and +0.05. On April 4 in the Northwest Arctic village of Kotzebue, the high temperature reached a daily record high of 33° F (+25.3° F departure from normal). At Pingelap, 4.60 inches of rain was measured this week (1 day missing), which is more than double the weekly rainfall minimum needed to meet most water needs. In the Republic of Palau, over 10 inches of rain fell at the Palau IAP (10.74 inches) and Koror COOP station (11.02); these are well above the weekly minimum (2 inches) needed to meet most water needs. On this week’s map, the region remained drought free. SPI values for Saipan for 1,2,3,6,12,18, and 24 months are (respectively): -0.57, -0.39, -0.93, +0.59, +1.06, +0.49, and +1.33. Along most of the Atlantic Seaboard, accumulations of <2 inches are expected. Currently, the water level is about 9 feet below the land surface. At the Henry E. Rohlsen Airport, 0.09-inch of precipitation was reported so far this April. It was a wet week (and month so far) in American Samoa. On this week’s map, areas of the region—including northeastern Colorado, west-central Kansas, and southwestern Nebraska—saw minor improvements in areas of Abnormally Dry (D0) in response to above-normal precipitation during the past 30-day period. The Drought Monitor map issued Thursday shows that portions of several Central and Southern California counties that were abnormally dry a week ago have now slipped into drought. Despite the very heavy rain that fell last month, the D0(S) classification is being maintained to account for lingering agricultural impacts. For the month of March, Guam received 1.33 inches of rain, which falls well shy of the 4-inch monthly minimum for this location. What does that mean for Bay Area winter? Drought conditions at the end of July, as depicted on the July 28, 2020 USDM map, included the following core drought and abnormally dry areas: Moderate (D1) to severe (D2) drought, with areas of extreme (D3) drought, extended from the West Coast to … While Southern California saw above-average rainfall in many locations, the north, which is typically responsible for about 80% of the state's water supply, was abnormally dry. On this week’s map, recent precipitation events and improving SWE levels led to minor improvements in drought-affected areas of west-central Oregon (areas of D1 and D2) and in south-central Idaho (areas of D2) where snowpack conditions received a needed boost in the Big Lost, Big Wood, and Little Wood basins.
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