Winter weather to linger as El Nino alleviates drought

Winter weather to linger as El Nino alleviates drought

Cold air, stormy weather will take the stage from late February into early March.

According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor, since mid-October 2015, stormy weather in many parts of the country — in part driven by a strong El Niño — has significantly reduced U.S. drought coverage from 34.78% to 15.48%, a drop of 19.30%.

During the four-week period ending Feb. 2, contiguous U.S. drought coverage fell 2.9% to 15.48%. U.S. Department of Agriculture chief meteorologist Brad Rippey said this represents the smallest areal coverage of U.S. drought in more th

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