U.S. Drought Monitor (Jan. 7): Storms Shrink Amount of Drought-Affected Territory

The percentage of the country experiencing moderate drought or worse dropped during the week ending Jan. 5 to 45.76%, down from 48.99%.

Deteriorating conditions were minimal and limited, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)'s Jan. 7 Drought Monitor report, to areas such as the Pacific Northwest, North Dakota, and Hawaii, where moisture deficits continued to increase.

That's because several storm systems impacted the Lower 48 last week.

The first spread snowfall across the Rockies and into the Plains and Midwest.

The second spread snow and ice from Texas across the central United States and into the Northeast.

Meanwhile the Pacific Northwest was battered with a series of strong Pacific storms that brought heavy rain and mountain snow.

The overall effect generally brought improvements in drought conditions to the Northwest and across an area extending from Texas to Pennsylvania.

For the full USDA report, click here.

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