Spring rains eased drought in some areas such as the Oklahoma Panhandle but not in Texas. Southern Texas hasn’t seen ample rains for more than six months, leading to further deterioration in drought designation. Improvement was found, however, in the Southeast region as heavy rains were reported across the GulfCoast states from Louisiana to the Florida Panhandle and up into northern Georgia and the western Carolinas. The Plains states north of Texas have received significant moisture during the past two weeks but are below normal moisture levels for the year.

Drought areas in the West received heavy snows last week, but California saw very little precipitation across the valleys and coastal areas. California remains concerned about drought, with the drier season looming just ahead. To view the National Drought Monitor, click here.