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Monthly Drought Outlook
How are conditions related to drought likely to change?  

Colors on each map show experts' estimates of how conditions related to drought are likely to change by the end of the next month. Areas where experts expect below-average precipitation or above-average temperatures (which increase evaporation) may see drought develop, persist, or worsen. Areas with forecasts for above-average precipitation may see drought conditions improve or end.

What information do experts use to produce drought outlooks?  

Starting with knowledge of current drought status, experts examine weather forecasts and climate outlooks to check the chances for below-, near-, or above-average precipitation and temperature during the next month. The experts also consider seasona...

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