Drought Expected To Persist In Southwest, May Develop In Southeast
WASHINGTON (UPI) — Drought conditions will persist in the U.S. southwest and may develop across parts of the southeast this winter, government meteorologists warned Friday.
The annual Winter Outlook report, developed by the U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, said below-average precipitation is expected in the southwest and southeast, adding that drought has been an ongoing problem for Texas and the southwest for the past three years.
Sea surface temperatures in the equatorial Pacific Ocean have been near average since spring 2012, suggesting weather phenomena like El Nino or La Nina are not expected to cause climactic change during the upcoming winter, a NOAA statement said.
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