As of Nov. 23-29, 2016, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:


of the US and 31.5% of the lower 48 states.

148.6 million

people in the U.S. and 148.5 in the lower 48 states.

This USDM week began with above-normal temperatures in much of the central third of the continental U.S., but by the end of the week, cooler temperatures and much-needed precipitation arrived in many drought areas.  Drought contracted in parts of the Ohio to Lower Mississippi Valleys and Southern Plains.  On the other hand, drought expanded in parts of the Central to Southern Plains, which missed out on the precipitation. Meanwhile, drought expanded in southern Alabama to southeast Georgia, and in eastern Kentucky, and did not improve much in the Southeast.