Idaho is starting the new year drier than this time a year ago.
The Idaho Drought Monitor Map, compiled the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Weather Service, tracks drought conditions across the nation and Idaho is one of the few states that include some areas with severe conditions.
Approximately half of the state is under a "severe" or "extreme" drought, with extreme conditions reported in portions of eight counties. Much of the rest of the state is under a "moderate" drought or "abnormally dry."
Conditions are worse than Jan. 1, 2013, when 45 percent of Idaho was under no drought conditions.