By Paul Yeager, author of Weather Whys: Facts, Myths, and Oddities
The devastating southern U.S. drought is intensifying and spreading, with extreme to exceptional drought conditions extending from southern Arizona eastward to parts of Georgia and Florida.
Conditions have gotten markedly worse during the summer, with the following map showing conditions as of the end of winter.
One of the main reasons for the growing drought was last winter’s La Nina, and even though the La Nina is now gone, the Climate Prediction Center, the government organization responsible for long-range forecasts, offers little hope for the coming month. Their forecast is for the likelihood of less precipitation than normal across much of the southern U.S.