Dry spell lingers

Some landscapers may have to rely more heavily on irrigation this summer. Recent dry weather has caused drought conditions in certain areas of the country. Unfortunately, little relief is expected this summer, according to the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The NOAA reports that recently, drought conditions have expanded from the Pacific Northwest and Southeast to the mid-Atlantic region. The conditions have resulted in record or near-record low streamflows and low soil moisture.

“Drought continues to be the major concern for many areas of the country,” says retired Air Force Brig. Gen. Jack Kelly, director of NOAA's national weather service. “Areas of eastern Georgia, the western Carolinas, and the Florida peninsula are entering their fourth year of drought.”

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The NOAA predicts that the drought conditions will continue throughout the summer. The Pacific Northwest is expected to have normal temperatures and precipitation, but that won't be enough to relieve long-term moisture deficits. In the Southeast, drier-than-normal conditions will likely persist at least through June. The NOAA predicts that the mid-Atlantic region will also experience some early-season dryness. One area of the country that is not expected to have drought problems is the central and northern Plains states. The NOAA predicts that in those states, rainfall will be above normal with cooler-than-normal temperatures.

Source: The National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration

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