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Drought worsened in parts of the Upper Midwest and Central Plains, but helpful rains are coming. This past week, precipitation brought improvements to much of western and central Texas. However, eastern Texas into Louisiana and Mississippi saw an expansion of Exceptional Drought (D4). As of September 19, 2023, 31.71% of the U.S. and Puerto Rico and 37.78% of the lower 48 states are in drought, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

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