U.S. Weekly Soil Moisture Change Fig. 1: Rainfall required to end dry-to-drought condition across the U.S. and the weekly change annotated. Discussion: Strong soil moisture deficits remain in-place in the West, Southwest and South-central U.S. (Fig. 1). The largest rainfall deficits are in north-central Oregon and northeast Georgia. In the Great Plains drought extends from Texas to just south of the core of the U.S. Corn Belt. Last week the distinct trend was wetter in parts of the West and Southwest particularly central and north-coastal Texas. Meanwhile the East-central U.S. trended drier most notably in Alabama and also central Illinois. The NOAA/WPC 7-day rainfall forecast indicates 3-6 in. centered on the Mid-South U.S. drought area (Fig. 2). Fig. 2: The NOAA/WPC 7-day rainfall forecast indicates 3-6 in. across the Mid-South drought area.