The National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has updated its Seasonal Drought Outlook, in which it calls for drought to persist across the Plains and much of the western Corn Belt. But some drought improvement is expected in eastern Iowa into the eastern Corn Belt.
"For the December-February 2012-13 seasonal drought outlook, some improvement in drought conditions is expected over California, and portions of Montana and Wyoming. Drought persistence is favored across the rest of the West and most of the Great Plains region, as well as over interior portions of the east Gulf Coast region, and drought development is possible over the eastern panhandle of Florida and adjacent portions of southeastern Georgia," it states. "Remaining areas of drought east of the Mississippi River are expected to see at least some improvement in conditions due to the occasional passage of storm systems."
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