Wildfires in the plains leave behind drought

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national/some-high-plains-farmers-struggling-after-fires-drought/2017/04/26/b4356e4a-2a4f-11e7-9081-f5405f56d3e4_story.html?utm_term=.d9cdb705bf56

A section of Colorado, Kansas, Oklahoma, and Texas have been suffering from either near-drought conditions or drought for the past 6 months. Then, with the additon of the March fires that bruned nearly 2,100 square miles in those four states. The fire also burned more than 20,000 livestock and cattle and destroyed $500 million worth of property during that time. The threat of drought is omnipresent in this region, but these recent ones have been so extended that the winter wheat crop is now threatened.

The June forcast is for the drought to persist in a crecent-shaped region from northeastern Colorado, across southwestern Kansas and into central Oklahoma. The drought is also expected worsen the most in the Texas Panhandle. If it continues as it, then the catt;e and livestock will not have any grass to graze in, causing mass losses with the farmers.

Good News for Drought-Stricken California- Rain, Snow, in Next Week’s Forecast

 

A low pressure system approaching California late Sunday brings with it the chance for rain and snow to the west. This chance is highly anticipated, as 98.1 percent of the state of California has been experiencing from moderate to severe drought since March 31. The rainfall is expected to be light (only accumulating about 1 inch through Wednesday) and do little to help the severe drought, but any rain is welcomed. The Sierra Nevadas, at higher elevations, are expected to receive some much-needed snowfall. The water content of their snowpack was only five percent as of the April 1 average, which is the lowest percentage ever recorded. Another low pressure system is expected to push through Tuesday and Thursday, bringing more moisture than the first.

 

http://www.weather.com/forecast/national/news/rain-snow-returns-california-april-pattern-change