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Latest Monthly Assessment - As the winter wet season winds down in the West, little if any significant improvement in current drought conditions is expected during April. In the northern and central Great Plains, current soil moisture deficits range from 1-5 inches across the western Corn Belt. The CPC updated 30-day outlook for April favors below-median precipitation in this region. Therefore, drought development is anticipated, especially in Nebraska and South Dakota. Across the southern Plains, forecasts out to 30-days favor above-median precipitation amounts for approximately the southeastern two-thirds of Texas and southeastern Oklahoma. Above-median precipitation is also favored for the central Gulf Coast region. Areas of moderate drought (D1) across these regions are expected to be upgraded by one category, resulting in drought removal. It is thought that the core drought area (D3 and D4) encompassing western portions of Oklahoma and north-central Texas is unlikely to receive a 1-category improvement during the month of April, and is expected to persist. Drought is forecast to persist and/or intensify in extreme southern Florida, during the height of the climatological dry season. In Hawaii, the spring season is generally a somewhat drier time of year, and it will be difficult to achieve a one-category improvement in the current drought conditions across the islands.

Forecaster: A. Artusa

Next Monthly Drought Outlook issued: April 30, 2015 at 3:00 PM EDT

Monthly Drought Outlook Discussion

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