All graphics courtesy of USDA, NOAA, Department of Commerce
Additional rain fell across the South, but significant precipitation largely bypassed some of the driest areas of the southern Atlantic region, including Florida’s peninsula. In contrast, weekly rainfall totaled 2-4 in. or more in many locations from the central Gulf Coast into northern Alabama.
Meanwhile, generally light precipitation fell across the southern half of the Plains, providing temporary drought relief. However, a significant portion of the hard red winter wheat crop continued to suffer from poor establishment and acute soil moisture shortages. In addition, late-week warmth began to erode wheat’s protective snow cover on the northern High Plains.
Much of the Midwest experienced a dry week, except for some light precipitation across the southern tier of the region. Nevertheless, snow remained on the ground in much of the Corn Belt, particularly across the Ohio Valley and the Upper Midwest. Elsewhere, cold, mostly dry weather covered the West, with light precipitation confined to the Rockies and the Pacific Coast States. Weekly temperatures averaged at least 10-20° F below normal in snow-covered sections of the Intermountain West.