Drought conditions intensified almost everywhere in the United States except New England, where heavy rains and snow from a Nor'easter brought relief over the weekend.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Dec. 10 Drought Monitor report, California, Nevada, Colorado and Arizona were states among the hardest-hit, with California having a snow-water content at 36% of the historical average for Dec. 7 and year-to-date precipitation ranging from the bottom 10% to 33% on record.
Farther south in the Four Corners states, snow-water content was below normal in nearly all drainage basins for the week ending Dec. 8.
Elsewhere, central Texas and the Panhandle saw some minor deterioration in conditions where both long and short-term precipitation deficits exist.
In the Northern Plains, unseasonably warm temperatures and dry conditions persisted, leading to intensification of drought conditions in North Dakota where precipitation for September-November was the third-driest on record.
For the full USDA report, click here.