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As of October 11-17, 2017, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:

10.6%

of the US and 12.5% of the lower 48 states.

34.1 million

people in the U.S. and 33.7 in the lower 48 states.


Heavy rain fell across much of the Midwest, particularly notable in an area stretching from eastern Iowa northeastward to Michigan where upwards of 600% of typical precipitation for the week fell. Rainfall was below average across most of the Northeast, the South, and Southeast. Additionally, temperatures were almost summer-like for several days from the Midwest to the Northeast, where departures were as much as 15-30 degrees F above average in places. The dryness and heat brought about expansion of dry areas across parts the South, Southeast, and Northeast, while the Midwest saw the most improvements this week.