Other large areas showing severe to extreme drought include the Northeast, Western IA and MN into the surrounding states, and MI. But if scientists see no clear climate reason to favor one outcome over the others, they can assign the same 33.3% chance to all three outcomes. She soon realized it was a family of bobcats. It represents the anomalous state of land-surface moisture (i.e., soil moisture) that is readily accessible to plants (for transpiration) and the atmosphere (for evaporation). However, temperatures fell from record-setting levels that had been achieved earlier in the month. The Farmington City Council approved a resolution enacting a stage one water shortage advisory on a 3-0 vote. For information on resources available to help aid in the recovery from this year’s drought, visit the USDA. Copyright 2020 Nexstar Broadcasting, Inc. All rights reserved. The map compares December 31, 2019 to August 25, 2020. Richmond, California, noted its highest-ever temperature (107°F) on the 7th, tying September 15, 1971. This is not a great forecast for many areas in the Southwest which are currently in various levels of drought. Williams said the region could stay dry for centuries. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in Colorado lasted 395 weeks beginning on October 30, 2001 and ending on May 19, 2009. In general, it’s been a dry year from the Great Plains to the West Coast. The ditches will continue running through mid to late October. July 2020 climate outlook has no good news for the U.S. Southwest, remember ways to beat the heat and stay safe, July 2020 outlook for temperature and precipitation, June 2020 temperature and precipitation outlook, May 2020 temperature and precipitation outlook, April 2020 temperature and precipitation outlook, Temperature and precipitation outlooks for March 2020, U.S. flood and climate outlook for spring 2020, September 2020 U.S. climate outlook: late season heat wave across the West, with potential frosts and freezes across the Northern Plains, August 2020: The warmest summer on record for the Northern Hemisphere comes to an end, August 2020 U.S. climate outlook: Tropical wetness to douse the East Coast while dryness likely to continue across Southwest. In fact, most of the USA's droughts of the past century, even the 1930s Dust Bowl that forced migrations of Oklahomans and others from the Plains, "were exceeded in severity and duration multiple times by droughts during the preceding 2,000 years," the National Climate Assessment said. The total number of cases in school populations is at 141. Park Williams, a bioclimatologist at Columbia University, in a statement. The Climate Prediction Center’s climate outlooks actually give probabilities for three possible outcomes: well above average, well below average, and near average. Turns out they were orphaned baby bobcats. Two-week departure from normal average maximum temperature for the contiguous U.S. Map from the High Plains Regional Climate Center. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in New Mexico lasted 329 weeks beginning on May 1, 2001 and ending on August 14, 2007. Figure 13. Gold and brown reflect areas where drought might develop, continue or worsen over the next month, while tan and green show where drought is expected to improve or end. The climate trends, defined as the Optimum Climate Normals, for summer temperatures across the United States. Naturally occurring western megadroughts have taken place many times before.