Storm has little effect on drought

Despite a large pre-Thanksgiving storm that swept over much of the U.S., the drought still is hanging on.

Although the storm helped alleviate the drought in some areas of the Eastern U.S., overall the change in drought conditions was negligible, according to the Dec. 3 U.S. Drought Monitor report. Rains in eastern Texas, Louisiana and southern Mississippi also helped reduce the abnormally dry conditions in those areas; however, the drought worsened in other areas of Texas due to lack of precipitation locally.

The pre-Thanksgiving storm dumped up 13 inches of snow in some parts of the Eastern U.S. Likewise, the cold weather helped prevent the drought from expanding in the East, the Drought Monitor reports.

Read the full Drought Monitor report here.

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