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DROUGHT STATUS UPDATE ARCHIVE

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About Drought Status Updates: NIDIS and partners issue drought status updates to communicate a potential area of concern for drought expansion and/or development, based on recent conditions and the upcoming forecast.
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November 3, 2022

Drought Conditions Have Retreated Across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

August 18, 2022

Moderate to Extreme Drought Persists Across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

June 16, 2022

Drought conditions continue to deteriorate across Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. June and July are historically considered periods of lower rainfall, and therefore persistence and/or expansion of drought conditions remain the most likely scenario during June and July.

April 7, 2022

Beneficial rains were observed across the local islands during the month of February. As a result, drought improvements were observed across portions of the local islands. 

February 3, 2022

Moderate (D1) to extreme (D3) drought conditions continue to prevail across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Some additional deterioration is likely into late April, before the usual onset of the wet season. 

December 17, 2021

Drought conditions continue to worsen across most of Puerto Rico and all of the U.S. Virgin Islands without significant relief expected until the start of the wet season in April. Currently, Puerto Rico is experiencing abnormally dry (D0) to moderate drought (D1) conditions. Drought conditions vary in the U.S. Virgin Islands with moderate drought (D1) in St. John, severe drought (D2) in St. Thomas, and extreme drought (D3) conditions on St. Croix.

2021 can overall be described as a dry and hot year across Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.