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As of March 15-21, 2017, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:

13.4%

of the US and 16.0% of the lower 48 states.

79.0 million

people in the U.S. and 79.0 in the lower 48 states.


A late-winter cold snap over the eastern half of the nation contrasted with warmer-than-normal conditions from the Plains to the Pacific Coast, save for lingering chilly weather in the Northwest.  The eastern cold spell was accompanied by mixed precipitation across the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast, resulting in widespread drought reductions.  Much of the south experienced drier-than-normal weather, which, coupled with recent dryness, led to widespread expansion of drought. Drought conditions across the West remained unchanged, though renewed Pacific storminess was taking aim at the region at the end of the period.