(December 6, 2012)—Extreme drought conditions are now reported in more than half-a-dozen Central Texas counties after another dry week.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor Report shows that extreme drought conditions now exist in Mills, Hamilton, Bosque and McLennan Counties and portions of Hill, Bell and Falls Counties.
Nationwide, conditions have leveled off are worsening during the two previous weeks.
The weekly report released Thursday shows more than 62 percent of the continental U.S. remains in some form of drought.
One-fifth of the land in the lower 48 states is still in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst classifications.
All of several Midwest and Plains farming states, including South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas and Oklahoma, are experiencing at least some form of drought.
The two previous weekly updates showed overall conditions had worsened after more than a month of showing slight improvements.
Heavy rainfall is expected in coming days in portions of the Great Lakes and Mississippi River region.