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The current edition looks back at May through text and images. Climatologically, we saw drought shift to the west during May, with heavy rains through the Mississippi Valley pushing the eastern edge of the drought to the west, but long-term drought entrenched and expanding in New Mexico, southeast Colorado, western Kansas, and the Oklahoma and Texas panhandles, and California getting drier. Geographically, impacts for the month mirrored the distribution of climatological drought. The affected states had impacts related to agriculture, water supply, fire, flora and fauna, public health, and more.