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Drought decreased in some areas but expanded in others

This week’s Drought Monitor shows that beneficial rain reduced drought in northern Florida and parts of southern Alabama, but that severe drought expanded in western North Carolina and southern Florida while it was whittled away in Alabama and Georgia.  Next week’s map will probably show more reductions in drought due…
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“California’s vineyards are coming back from the brink of disaster thanks to the winter rains”

Recent rains in California have not only provided a superbloom of wildflowers but have provided desperately needed rain for the vineyards there.  The Los Angeles Times reports: “It’s hard to imagine what might have happened to the region without this season’s rains. Record low rainfall levels, coupled with record average…
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Big expansion of abnormally dry conditions across the region

The latest Drought Monitor, released this morning, shows a large expansion of abnormally dry conditions in Alabama, Georgia, Florida and South Carolina due to the relatively dry and warm conditions we have experienced since last week.  Keep in mind that the cut-off for rainfall values was this past Tuesday, before…
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