Hot & Dry Out West: Extreme Drought Continues
Many out west are experiencing very warm and dry conditions thanks in part to a large ridge of high pressure. A ridge of high pressure typically translates to dry conditions and warmer than average temperatures, and that’s exactly what many are experiencing from California east to Texas and as far north as Montana and the Dakotas.
A few cities in California set new record highs Thursday including King City and Santa Cruz. Death Valley set a new record high as well Thursday with a high of 101 degrees. The old record was 100 degrees set back in 1988. Many cities in California and Nevada will be flirting with record high temps once again today.
When it comes to precipitation, California and Nevada are in desperate need of it with extreme or exceptional drought conditions still covering much of the two states. Unfortunately, it doesn’t look like the pattern will be changing for the Southwest U.S. anytime soon as the forecast looks dry through at least the middle of next week.