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July 2017

During July, rainfall was scarce in much of the upper Midwest and from the Pacific Coast to the northern Plains. The lack of July rainfall, accompanied by periods of western heat, had a variety of negative impacts, including a rash of wildfires in California and the Northwest and stress on crops in the nation's breadbasket. Rangeland and crop impacts were particularly acute on the northern High Plains, where drought was already well-established when July began. During the month, U.S. wildfires charred approximately 2.7 million acres of vegetation, with a gradual westward and northward shift in activity away from the Southwest. 

 

Weatherwise Contributing Editor BRAD RIPPEY is the U.S. Editor of the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin of the Joint Agriculture NOAA Weather Facility.

Weatherwise Contributing Editor JEFFREY B. HALVERSON is Professor of Geography at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.

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