Where is the drought? Will it change? What are its impacts?
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Summary of Drought This Week
As of May 26, 2015, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:
- 22.1% of the area of U.S. and 26.4% of the lower 48 states.
- 94 million people in the U.S. and 92.9 million people in the lower 48 states.
The latest round of heavy rain pushed Oklahoma to its wettest month on record, based on preliminary data, supplanting October 1941. Showery weather extended beyond the Plains, reaching into the lower Mississippi Valley, parts of the upper Midwest, and much of the northern Intermountain West. Meanwhile, drier-than-normal conditions dominated much of the eastern U.S., where diminishing soil moisture began to have some adverse effects on pastures and summer crops. In contrast, beneficial rain dampened some of the hard-hit drought areas of the Far West, including parts of Oregon, Nevada, and northern California.
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NOAA identifies tactics, strategies to improve drought science, forecasts, data
Using feedback from more than 100 stakeholders and employees, NOAA released a service assessment that identifies tactics and strategies the agency can take to better provide California decision makers with the scientific data and tools they need to lessen the impacts of extreme drought. The NOAA California Drought Service Assessment contains more than three dozen findings and recommendations.
Drought in the news
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