Drought Outlook for the United States
Overall, oceanic and atmospheric conditions reflected ENSO (El Niño/Southern Oscillation)-neutral, despite recent anomalous warming across the east-central equatorial Pacific. The December 2019 Climate Prediction Center update indicated that the overall oceanic and atmospheric system was consistent with ENSO-neutral. ENSO-neutral is favored during the winter of 2019-20 (70% chance) and expected to continue through the spring of 2020 (~65% chance) in the Northern Hemisphere. To read more, click here.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook update covering December through March, existing drought conditions are expected to persist in areas of Washington, Oregon, Colorado, New Mexico, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, and Florida. Drought development is predicted to likely occur in portions of Texas and Florida. It is projected that the rest of the area previously under drought will either improve or drought conditions in the area will be alleviated entirely. To view the latest NOAA U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook map, click here.
The links below will direct you to information on El Niño, ENSO, the NOAA seasonal drought outlook, and other forecasts and models.
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