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Record February heat in the Great Plains and Midwest contributed to drought and dryness expanding in these regions. Parts of the Northwest, Gulf Coast, and Carolinas saw conditions worsen too. As of February 27, 2024, 18.09% of the U.S. and Puerto Rico and 21.59% of the lower 48 states are in drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

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