Pocket of severe drought lingers over Southwest US

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Drought has yet to give up its hold over parts of the southwestern United States despite a series of storms that have brought rain and snow to the region in recent weeks.

The latest federal map shows a pocket of moderate and severe drought centered over the Four Corners region– where Arizona, New Mexico, Colorado and Utah meet.

Despite the continued dry conditions, forecasters say things are better than they were last year at this time when exceptional and extreme drought– the worst categories– had set in. They say average moisture levels resulting from snowfall are above normal across Arizona, New Mexico and Utah.

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