Once you cross the Rockies, nothing within the East will help to you
The announcement by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Wednesday included counties in Colorado, New Mexico, Nevada, Kansas, Texas, Utah, Arkansas, Hawaii, Idaho, Oklahoma and California.
The designation means eligible farmers can be eligible for a low-interest emergency loans from the department.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said he and President Obama desire to make certain that agriculture remains a bright spot in the nation's economy.
"USDA stands together with you along with your communities when severe weather and natural disasters threaten to disrupt your livelihood." he was quoted saying in statement.
Counties adjacent to those affected are likewise qualified to receive assistance.
While storms have dumped snow and rain inside the East, droughts are persisting or intensifying in the West, as outlined by officials connected with the U.S. Drought Monitor, a catalog where the USDA's declarations are based. A ridge of high pressure is to blame for keeping storms over Pacific coast and guiding the crooks to the East.
"What we're seeing meteorologically can be a blocking pattern that is certainly deflecting many of the storms," said Brian Fuchs, a climatologist while using the Lincoln, Neb.-based National Drought Mitigation Center. "There really wasn't many indication that this pattern is wearing down."
Poor snowpack is threatening regions influenced by major western rivers, and no number of wet cold weather while in the East can alleviate the discomfort, officials said.
"Once you cross the Rockies, nothing within the East will help to you," Fuchs said.
The dry weather could mean an engaged fire season. Southern California had an earlier taste of the that has a blaze that started Thursday morning from the foothills from the San Gabriel Mountains and forced nearly 2,000 website visitors to evacuate. No less than two homes were burned.