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US drought to continue through winter, may spread
October 18, 2012 / 3:36 PM / in 5 years

US drought to continue through winter, may spread

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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