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    Storm Brings Drought Relief to Parts of the Plains

    By By Alex Sosnowski, expert senior meteorologist.
    April 15, 2013, 5:17:26 PM EDT

    A wild storm, which brought a blizzard and severe thunderstorms this week, also delivered heavy rainfall (and snow) to some very needy areas of the Plains.

    The storm has delivered a general swath of 1- to 6-inch rainfall or the liquid equivalent from portions of Wyoming, eastward to Iowa.

    Many of these areas, especially locations from the High Plains to the Rockies, have been experiencing building drought since last summer.


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    There have been improvements in all stages of drought over the much of the middle of the nation. This is the first week in many, where the drought status has improved in more places, rather than worsened.

    State Highlight: According to the National Drought Mitigation Center, Nebraska saw widespread improvement. In the area of exceptional drought the state decreased from 75 percent last week to 15 percent of the state this week.


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