Drought appears likely to persist through April

The latest drought outlook indicates dry conditions will persist or intensify through the end of April.

The Climate Prediction Center’s latest seasonal assessment is not optimistic for a large chunk of the country, either.

“During the upcoming three months, a much drier pattern is expected across the southern third of the nation (from central California to the eastern Gulf Coast). This limits the prospects for further drought improvements during the latter end of the wet season in California, Nevada, and western Arizona, and in fact increases the probabilities for drought development and deterioration in the tri-State area. This also marks a change from recent wet conditions in the southern Plains and western Gulf Coast as drought development and persistence is forecast for Texas by the end of April.”