US drought to continue through winter, may spread

WASHINGTON Thu Oct 18, 2012 11:36am EDT

WASHINGTON Oct 18 (Reuters) - The drought that ravaged the United States this year does not appear to be abating and may spread through the winter, government forecasters said on Thursday.

"The large majority of that drought we expect to persist," said Mike Halpert, deputy director of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. "We even see drought expanding westward ... into Montana, Idaho and part of Oregon and Washington."

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