While drought persisted across the West in 2020, the Southeast was mostly wet. However, abnormal dryness now appears in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Louisiana, and Mississippi. La Niña may turn that dryness into drought. According to NOAA's Climate Prediction Center, La Niña is expected to continue through the winter and early spring. This week’s U.S. Drought Monitor change map shows mostly small degradations scattered around the U.S. The exception is a large area of dryness developing across Kentucky and Tennessee, though some of this may improve with incoming precipitation. Extreme (D3) to Exceptional (D4) Drought continues across much of the Plains, Rockies, and Southwest. As of January 19, 2021, 37.64% of the U.S. was in drought.