Showing a nearly 30% improvement in nationwide drought over Jan. 1, 2013, the first U.S. Drought Monitor for the new year also indicates that the West is not out of the woods yet.
Over the most recent U.S. Drought Monitor week, a sprawling area of high pressure across much of the contiguous 48 states appeared before two low-pressure systems took over.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Matthew Rosencrans, most of the wet weather brought on by the two low-pressure systems was confined to east of the Rockies, with the heaviest rains across the Southeast.
Some light precipitation was recorded across portions of the Pacific Northwest, he noted.
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