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As of April 12-18, 2017, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:

6.9%

of the US and 8.2% of the lower 48 states.

52.4 million

people in the U.S. and 52.2 in the lower 48 states.


Drought conditions expanded and intensified for much of the Southeast where the lack of rains has begun to parch the soils. In the South, Texas continues to see above-normal precipitation resulting in a continual improvement in the area covered in drought (D1-D4). In the West, the onslaught of Pacific storms continues to bring copious moisture, swelling the reservoirs, threatening snowpack records and padding the record-high precipitation amounts.