RECENT RAINFALL EASES DROUGHT IN EAST
May 29, 2002 Throughout most of the parched East Coast, above-normal rainfall between March and May has helped ease drought conditions, NOAA forecasters said. Between 12 and 20 inches of rain fell on most of the Appalachians and Northeast from March through late May, which lessenedbut not eliminateddrought impacts, according to Rich Tinker, meteorologist at NOAA's Climate Prediction Center.
As of May 27, state-declared droughts were in place for much of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic, though they were relaxed recently around the Appalachians, and in parts of eastern Pennsylvania.
Slow Improvement From Georgia
A broad area encompassing the lower Ohio, western Tennessee, and adjacent Mississippi Valleys received nearly three feet of rain since November. Most of Missouri, southeast Kansas, the southern halves of Illinois and Indiana, and northern Mississippi were soaked by more than eight inches of rain during the first 26 days of May.
Between four and eight inches less than normal rain fell on southern sections of Alabama and Mississippi, and parts of Louisiana and adjacent Texas in just the last three months.
The latest U.S. Drought Outlook calls for continued slow improvement for the Georgia-to-Maryland region, although scattered water shortages are expected to persist through August, Tinker said.
West Still Dry
Tinker said some degree of drought is expected to continue in this region through the summer, with central and southern Texas expecting continued water supply problems.
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