While the eastern half of the U.S. observed an increasingly active weather pattern brought on by rain and ice, the western half faced persistent or intensified drought, according to figures released by the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Thursday.

Map below shows the current U.S. drought trends as of Jan. 14, 2014.

Drought Severity Classification Drought Severity Classification Photo: United States Drought Monitor

West Coast Drougts U.S. Drought Monitor West Photo: United States Drought Monitor

U.S. Drought Monitor Northeast U.S. Drought Monitor Northeast. Photo: U.S. Drought Monitor Northeast.