Summary: This U.S. Drought Monitor week saw minor modifications as the conterminous U.S. experienced relatively tranquil weather conditions. Some modest amounts of precipitation fell over the central Gulf Coast states, California and the Pacific Northwest while some lesser amounts were observed over portions of the Southeast and Mid-Atlantic states.
Overall, temperatures across much of the conterminous U.S. were well below normal except for portions of the Southeast, Mid-Atlantic, Northern Great Plains and the Upper Great Lakes region where temperatures were above average.
The northern Great Basin, Intermountain West and central Rocky Mountains experienced well-below-normal temperatures during the last week, and numerous records were broken.
In Alaska, temperatures were well above normal during the last week, while the Hawaiian Islands experienced generally cooler-than-normal conditions.
Looking Ahead: For the remainder of the week, the conterminous U.S. will shift toward a more active weather pattern. The NWS HPC 5-Day Quantitative Precipitation Forecast (QPF) calls for heavy precipitation to fall over eastern Texas as well as portions of the Lower Mississippi and Ohio Valleys.
The Pacific Northwest will remain in an active pattern this week as will the Northern Rockies.
Temperatures are forecasted to be above average east of the Rockies while most of the West will continue to remain well below normal.
The 6–10 day outlooks call for a high probability of below-normal precipitation west of the Rockies and an elevated probability of above-normal precipitation in the eastern half of the conterminous U.S.
In Alaska, the 6–10 day forecasts call for an elevated probability of above-normal precipitation and temperatures.