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Standardized Vegetation Index for 1996

May, 1996 June, 1996 July, 1996
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August, 1996 September, 1996 October, 1996
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Prevailing climatic conditions during 1996 - May through October

The 11-month drought in New Mexico and western Texas eased with the rains in late June while elsewhere across the southern Plains and the Southwest further intensified. On the other hand, crop development accelerated across the Midwest in response to the near-normal temperature in August. However, much drier weather prevailed across the eastern half of the Corn Belt. The rainfall was less than normal across the northern High Plains and northern Rockies. Windy conditions combined with hot, dry weather, and lightning strikes left the west vulnerable to wild fires. In the Southeast, wet conditions and high winds damaged cotton fields that had open bolls.