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Thursday December 8, 2022


The latest U.S. Drought Monitor continues to show the worst drought conditions in the Midwest are in some northwestern areas. This includes parts of eastern NE, southeastern SD , northwestern IA and some southwestern and south-central parts of MN. Some precip chances are forecast here over the next one to two weeks, but the winter season is not the time of year when drought conditions can normally be reduced a great deal in these areas. Farther southeast and east in the Midwest many areas are reporting some drought conditions of generally lesser severity, as are the Delta and Southeast. The weather pattern over the next few weeks will likely produce enough precip to lessen drought conditions some from the southern Midwest into the Delta and Southeast. Some heavy rain has fallen this week in the northern Delta and the northwestern into north-central parts of the Southeast. In the Plains, fall rainfall has been beneficial for reducing drought conditions in parts of TX, but significant drought conditions continue in parts of central and western TX, and in many areas farther north in the Plains. Some increasing precip chances are seen into the 6-10 day period in the Plains, with the areas likely getting enough precip to reduce drought conditions being parts of TX and the main body of OK.