Image of the Day: U.S. in for a Dry Spring Season
The NOAA Climate Prediction Center released its drought outlook for February — April 30 and the outlook is not good for much of the southern and western U.S. Shown in this color-coded map, much of the bottom half of the U.S. will experience persistent or intensifying drought conditions. The lower than normal snow pack throughout the Dakotas and Minnesota will also create drought conditions in these areas — a welcomed reprieve from last year's record Missouri and Mississippi River floods, but bad news for farmers in the Plains. Only small parts of Oregon and Washington are expected to improve from their current drought conditions. There is still no relief in sight for Texas, which has been plagued by its worst drought in history for more than a year now.