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U.S. Drought Monitor Report for the Week Ending Oct. 30 (Text)

November 02, 2012

Following is the text of the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor as released by the National Drought Mitigation Center in Lincoln, Nebraska:


This U.S. Drought Monitor week has been dominated primarily by
the passing of the Hurricane Sandy and her remnants.  This
powerful, far-reaching storm passed along the East Coast before
making landfall near Atlantic City, New Jersey on Monday and
combining with a mid-latitude Low pressure system as it
continued it trek through the Mid-Atlantic and into the
Northeast.   In its wake, the storm dumped up to over eight
inches of rain in Virginia, Maryland, and Delaware.  The highest
total, 9.57 inches as of Tuesday morning, fell at the Oceana
Nas/Soucek airport in Virginia. States up the coastline from
North Carolina to New York, Connecticut, and Rhode Island
experienced significant flooding while wind and wave events were
felt as far west as Wisconsin and Illinois.  In the Appalachian
Mountains unofficial totals of over two feet of snow fell in
western Maryland and nearly that amount in parts of West
Virginia by Tuesday morning.   More than 8.2 million people
experienced power outages from the combination of rain, wind,
snow, and flooding.  Transportation has been disrupted with more
than 10,000 flights cancelled and many roads and bridges
impassable.  Thirty-nine deaths in the U.S. have been attributed
to the storm as of Tuesday including at least one from the HMS
Bounty, a replica of the 18th-century tall ship that was caught
in the storm off the coast of North Carolina.

The Southeast: With the exception of the East Coast of Florida
and coastal North Carolina, beneficial precipitation largely
eluded the Southeast.  Along coastal North Carolina, including
the Outer Banks, Abnormal Dryness (D0) was alleviated.
Conversely, in central North Carolina, Abnormal Dryness (D0)
expended.  Areas of northern, eastern, and southern Georgia and
southern Alabama saw expansion of Moderate Drought (D1) and
Abnormal Dryness (D0) as precipitation deficits mount and
impacts begin to be felt again.

The Northeast and Mid-Atlantic: With the exception of areas of
central Virginia and Upstate New York, the remnant of hurricane
Sandy erased all Moderate Drought (D1) and Abnormal Dryness (D0)
in the region.

The South and Southern Plains:  In Oklahoma, Extreme Drought
(D3) expanded slightly in the center of the state as many areas
have now gone more than 30 days without rainfall and soil
moisture impacts are intensifying.  In Texas, drought conditions
improved in the eastern and central part of the state, while
Exceptional Drought (D4) intensified slightly along the south
coast.  Drought in other parts of the region remained the same.

The Central and Northern Plains and Midwest: More widespread
rains in the Midwest alleviated some D2-D0 Drought through Ohio,
Indiana, Illinois, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Michigan, and Iowa.
North Dakota saw a minor alleviation of Severe (D2) and Moderate
Drought (D1) in the north and central parts of the state.

The West: Severe Drought (D2) conditions in Arizona and New
Mexico expanded slightly.  Conversely, areas of Extreme (D3) and
Severe (D2) Drought in southeast and southwest Wyoming saw
improvement from recent precipitation.

Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico: Drought conditions remained
unchanged in Alaska and Hawaii this week.  Another week of
beneficial, above-normal precipitation has eradicated the
Abnormal Dryness (D0) in Puerto Rico.

Looking Ahead: During the November 1 - 5, 2012 time period,
there is an enhanced probability of precipitation from the
Southern Plains, extending up through the Great Lakes and into
northern New England.  A second area of enhanced precipitation
probabilities is expected in the Northwest.  Above-normal
temperatures are expected in a large swath from the Southern
Plains into the High Plains and the West.  Below-normal
temperatures will mostly be constrained to the North and the
East.

For the ensuing 5 days (November 6 - November 10, 2012), the
odds favor normal to above normal temperatures across the CONUS
with the exception of the Southeast, where the odds favor below
normal temperatures.  Normal to below-normal precipitation is
expected from the Tennessee Valley, through the South and
Central Plains, and across most of the West.  The odds of above-
normal precipitation are greatest across the northern Plains,
into the Great Lakes, all down the East Coast, and in southern
Texas.  In Alaska, temperatures are expected to be normal to
above-normal in the north and below-normal in the south.
Precipitation is expected to be above-normal in northern Alaska
and normal to below-normal across the rest of the state.

To contact the reporter on this story: Stephen Rose in Washington at srose31@bloomberg.net

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Marco Babic at mbabic@bloomberg.net


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