The conditions for the contiguous U.S.
This one week change map shows that the drought is expanding slightly. But to break it down based on each region tells a different story.
The Northeast–no change at all.
The Southeast–Alabama has gone from nothing to nearly 50% abnormally dry
The South–it looks like drought is becoming more entrenched. A good portion of northern Mississippi has gone into abnormally dry.
The Midwest–there is a slight retreat in some areas
The Plains–some areas are shifting in to more significant drought conditions.
Not discounting the regions listed above, for the West and primarily California–the drought is locking into deeper drought conditions. New Mexico has been hit with large areas shifting in to deeper drought conditions. Arizona has drought now creeping in to more areas. Nevada, Oregon, Washington, Idaho, Montana are unchanged. Utah has had a small area having some relief from drought conditions.
For the West:
This 8% explosion of extreme drought conditions is equivalent of the size of the entire state of Maryland and a nearly all of Delaware.
Some new stories of the last week about the drought in California:
17 Calif. communities could run out of water
California drought: Gov. Jerry Brown to address emergency
California Farms Going Thirsty as Drought Burns $5 Billion Hole
Parched: California’s drought woes worsen
With all this bad news, yesterday there was some RAIN from N. California up through Washington.
Rain and snow comes to dry Northern California, but not enough to ease drought; something is better than nothing, right??? This time next week is when it shall show if this little relief will help.