Despite Cali drought, it's been a wet few months in the US

- With all of the stories of fires, water shortages, crop destruction, etc… over the last few months, you would think the US was suffering from a dry year or two.  But actually, it’s quite the opposite.  While 2014 and the first half of 2015 were dry for many spots in the country (not so much in Minnesota) this past fall and winter have made up for it in many areas.  Yes, the California drought isn’t improving as much as many hoped, but the west and southern US are in much better shape now than this time last year.  The spring is often times where ground is made up on lost precipitation through the fall and winter, often the two driest months of the year for much of the country.  But this year, there are few areas that really need the moisture.  Check out the drought monitor from last week and compare it to the one 6 months ago in early October…

Next to impossible not to notice the change.  To really allow it to hit home though, here’s the drought category difference over the last 6 months.

The long lived large droughts in the Pacific Northwest and the southern Mississippi River valley are gone with at least some minor improvements in other parts of the West and Plains.  While the California drought continues, reservoirs have really filled up over the winter which is allowing residents to breathe a little easier.  Yes, there are some new found dry areas, but about a quarter of the country is dry on average at any particular time, so the amount is perfectly normal.  So how much rain did these areas see to cure the drought?  Check it out…