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NWS: Winter Precip Not Enough to Remove Plains Drought

14:28PM Dec 18, 2014

The National Weather Service's (NWS) extended weather outlook calls for below-normal temps and above-normal precip for the HRW Wheat Belt. But in its Seasonal Drought Outlook, NWS says the "relatively dry climatology outweighs the tilt in the odds towards above-median precipitation across the Central and Southern Great Plains, where persistence (in drought) is expected."

Regarding the Plains, the NWS goes on to say: "Large-scale improvement of drought is not anticipated for this region until the convective season begins later in the spring. Prospects are slightly better for improvement or removal of drought for parts of northeastern and south-central Texas but confidence is low. Farther to the north, a dry climatology favors persistence for the small drought area across the eastern Dakotas."

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