El Nino And Reduced U.S. Drought Coverage

Taylor Hillman Drought, General, Water, Weather

U.S. Drought Coverage
USDA meteorologist, Brad Rippey, notes how El Nino has contributed to reduced drought coverage across the nation since mid-October.

El Nino And Reduced Drought Coverage


“A lot of this wetness really can be attributed to El Nino which really ramps up the subtropical jet stream and really contribute a lot of moisture to storm systems crossing the United States.”

“And so since we reached in late summer early autumn peak of about 35% of the country and drought, that being back in mid-october we’ve seen a drop of almost 20 percentage points in that drought¬†coverage.”

“Again from 35 to just over 15% of the country and drought most of the remaining drought is in the far west. If you look at the 11 western states we still see more than one-third covered by drought, 38% specifically, but even there that’s down from 57% in early October which is the beginning of the Western water year.”