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Abnormally dry conditions expand in North Carolina and Virginia

The latest Drought Monitor, released this morning, shows that while dry conditions have remained stable in Florida and Georgia, they have expanded in North Carolina and Virginia, going from 19% coverage over the Southeast to almost 35% coverage.  The cause has been the dome of high pressure parked over the Southeast, which prevents rain from reaching the area.  Unfortunately, this pattern is expected to continue for the next week, although there may be some rain on the edges along the coast and in the Appalachians that will nibble away at the D0 area for next week.

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