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As of June 14-20, 2017, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:

7.2%

of the US and 7.0% of the lower 48 states.

15.3 million

people in the U.S. and 15.2 in the lower 48 states.


A weather pattern change brought widespread showers and thunderstorms across the eastern half of the U.S., after abnormal dryness (D0) developed in many areas of the Midwest and south-central Plains the week before. Heavy showers fell along the eastern Gulf Coast, providing improvement to Florida and southern Georgia. Unfortunately, little or no rain fell on most of the northern third of the High Plains and southern Plains, drying out conditions in Texas and Oklahoma and worsening the flash drought in eastern Montana and the western Dakotas. In the Southwest, although June is typically dry and warm, extreme heat, subnormal precipitation during the past 60 days, and some impacts were enough to expand D0 in Utah, central Arizona, and southern New Mexico. On Hawaii’s Big Island, some deterioration was made as field reports indicated worsening conditions, while scattered showers in southwestern Alaska were not enough to improve low stream flow levels, thus D0 and moderate drought (D1) was slightly expanded there.