As of July 19-25, 2017, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:


of the US and 11.0% of the lower 48 states.

18.6 million

people in the U.S. and 18.3 in the lower 48 states.

Temperatures were warmer than normal from coast to coast, with the highest temperature departures in the High Plains to Mid-Atlantic states.  Showers and thunderstorms moved across the northern Plains and into the Midwest, but rainfall amounts were mostly below normal.  Above-normal precipitation fell in places along the North Dakota/South Dakota border, from northeast South Dakota to northern Illinois, from the Ohio Valley to Mid-Atlantic States, and across parts of Nebraska and Kansas.  Above-normal precipitation also fell across parts of the southern Plains to Southeast. The Southwest Monsoon continued this week, bringing above-normal precipitation to much of the Four Corners (AZ, UT, CO, NM) and reducing drought and abnormal dryness.  But drier-than-normal weather dominated the rest of the West, most of the Plains, much of the Midwest and South, and parts of the Mid-Atlantic and New England.  Soils continued to dry out and crops suffered as drought and abnormal dryness continued to expand or intensify across the Plains, Midwest, northern Rockies, and Virginia.