By Don Day, Jr., Meteorologist
The most recent drought status map is shown below. As you can see, drought conditions persist in the Desert Southwest, Southern Rockies and portions of the Southern Plains. While there has been some modest improvement there continue to be dry areas in Kansas, Oklahoma and Texas. Dryness has increased across portions of central and southern California as well. A wedge of dryness remains over portions of Missouri, southern Iowa and the Dakotas.
Despite many areas of dryness in the west and south, many key areas of the Corn Belt, Great Lakes and the Midwest continue to show adequate soil moisture conditions (white areas). A large portion of the U.S. is in good shape, especially key corn and soybean country as we head into July.
One area we will be watching will be the southwestern Corn Belt areas of Missouri and portions of the Iowa for continued dryness. There is some hope that the North American Monsoon in the Desert Southwest will kick in over the next few weeks bringing better rain chances to the Southwest and Southern Plains.
The graphic below shows precipitation over the past year (since June 2017). The green and blue areas show precipitation amounts above normal over the past 12 months with the brown and red areas showing below normal precipitation. The white areas show precipitation amounts over the past 12 months that are close to normal.