The latest Drought Monitor, released last Thursday, shows that a few small patches of abnormally dry (D0) conditions have developed across the northern states in our region. A reduction in D0 conditions occurred in central Alabama. But the real drought story this week is the big expansion of severe drought in the southern Florida Peninsula due to very warm temperatures and a complete lack of rainfall. This expansion is probably short-lived since they are supposed to get several inches of rain in the next week from a system that is expected to develop in the Gulf and move over Florida later this week. See related story on the 7-day QPF forecast for more details.

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