Source: Alex Sosnowski, senior meteorologist

Months with weather conditions warmer and drier than average are taking their toll on soil moisture in portions of the East and the South, indicating that a long-term drought could be in the making, but most likely in localized areas.

A persistent ridge of high pressure, extending well inland over the eastern and interior southern areas of the nation shoved the storm track well to the north much earlier than usual this year.

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