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Most areas green up but rainy days slow progress in some areas

Here are a couple of sites that you might find useful in looking at current conditions across the United States.  The two maps below show the departure from average greenness across the United States from the US Forest Service.  You can find these maps at https://www.wfas.net/index.php/avhrr-ndvi-moisture–drought-47.  They show satellite-derived vegetation status…
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Severe weather chances increase as we move into warmer spring conditions

Now that spring is here and warmer, more humid air is entering the US, severe weather and tornado chances are increasing across the country.  There is an excellent animation that shows how the region of severe weather occurrence moves around the country at the NOAA Storm Prediction Center at https://www.spc.noaa.gov/new/SVRclimo/climo.php?parm=anySvr.  …
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