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U.S. Drought Monitor: East Gets Needed Rainfall
USAgNet - 09/17/2021

Rainfall, much of it in the East generated by tropical storms early and late in the week, had impacts that ranged from chipping chip away at long-term drought to delivering high winds and buckets of moisture.

Northern New England was the beneficiary of the former, according to today's Drought Monitor report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), while the middle and upper Texas Coast suffered the latter.

First, the Sept. 8 landfall and passage of minimal Tropical Storm Mindy enhanced lower Southeastern rainfall.

Mindy’s sustained winds were briefly near 45 mph, followed by weakening the following day as the remnant circulation moved northeastward across northern Florida and southeastern Georgia.

Late in week, showers and thunderstorms also provided some limited drought relief in the upper Great Lakes region.

Then starting Sept. 14, portions of the Gulf Coast region had to contend with Hurricane Nicholas, the eighth Atlantic Basin tropical cyclone to make a U.S. landfall in 2021.

Nicholas, briefly a Category 1 hurricane, moved ashore on Texas’ Matagorda Peninsula around 12:30 am CDT Sept. 14, delivering heavy rain and gusty winds.

Elsewhere, fleeting showers dampened some of the driest areas of the West, temporarily aiding wildfire containment efforts.

However, hot, dry weather immediately returned, limiting the overall benefit of the precipitation.

In fact, temperatures broadly averaged above normal across the western half of the country.

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