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Monsoon season not expected to end drought in US Southwest


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The upcoming monsoon season in the nation's Southwest is expected to be wetter than normal, but weather experts said Monday that even an exceptionally damp season is unlikely to lift the region's annual rainfall to average levels.

Weather forecasters said sparse rainfall since autumn in the Southern Plains has caused drought conditions to worsen, especially in the Four Corners region of Colorado, Utah, Arizona and New Mexico. The U.S. Drought Monitor says moderate to extreme drought also persists in parts of Oklahoma and Texas.

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