U.S. drought easing slightly after week’s rains

Reuters: Drought conditions eased after storms moved across the central United States and the U.S. Plains in the past week, bringing much-needed moisture to some of the driest areas of the country, according to a report released on Thursday by state and federal climatologists. The Drought Monitor report, which tracks soil moisture on a weekly basis, said the Plains - the region hardest hit by the drought of 2012 - was seeing some relief from the drought. As of Tuesday, 73 percent of the region was in severe......

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