Ongoing winter storms won't be doing much to relieve some drought-stricken areas of the U.S. In fact, conditions could get worse in the Southwest and Southeast, according to the National Oceanic and Atmosphere Administration.
NOAA last week forecast below-average precipitation for those regions this winter, meaning that "after some relief during the past few months," the Southwest's three-year drought is likely to redevelop and spread to the Southeast.
In 2012, the U.S. suffered through the most severe and extensive drought in 25 years, according to the Department of Agriculture. Some 80 percent of all U.S. agricultural land experienced drought last year.
The drought cost some $40 billion in lost crops and livestock, along with 123 related deaths in 2012, according to the National Climatic Data Center.