Thursday, January 28, 2010

Southeast Drought: All Gone

Regular Curmudgeon readers will recall that we focused on the severe drought affecting much of the Southeast the past couple of years.

Well, the drought has been banished entirely from the Southeast--for the first time in several years, the U.S. Drought Monitor reports the region as 100% free of drought or abnormal dryness, as attested to by our boring map here (which would be various shades of yellow and red if there was any dryness persisting).

Two years ago, it was quite a different story--we had a very colorful map, as shown below.

Not only has the drought abated in the Southeast, but the recent El Nino storms battering the west coast and southwestern states has significantly eased severe drought conditions there as well.

El Nino--what's not to like?

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