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Drought contracts this week

Recent rains have put a dent in dry conditions and drought across the Southeast this past week. The rains, from the remains of TS Claudette and a strong cold front, reduced drought in the Carolinas and Florida. Moderate (D1) drought expanded slightly in Virginia, although overall dry conditions were reduced. With not much rain expected across most of the Southeast this week, I don’t see any big changes next week. The only exception is in South Florida, which is now in their summer rainy season and is expected to see a good bit of rain. This could further reduce dry conditions there in the next week. The Climate Prediction Center says that all of the drought is likely to be removed in the coming months as they are predicting a wetter than normal summer for a lot of the area.