The following is copy from the latest release from the National Drought Mitigation Center:
Within the announcement, there are a few links that will provide additional information. These include:
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U.S. Drought Monitor for December 27, 2016:
For the contiguous 48 states, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed 24.04 percent of the area in moderate drought or worse, compared with 28.16 percent a week earlier.
Drought now affects 126,614,948 people, compared with 133,805,866 a week earlier.
For all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed 20.09 percent of the area in moderate drought or worse, compared with 23.53 percent a week earlier.
Drought now affects 126,630,973 people, compared with 133,821,892 a week earlier.
To find populations affected by drought for specific states or time periods please visit http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/MapsAndData/DataTables.aspx
Just select one of the Population types from the Statistic Type pulldown.
The attachments include the weekly map and narrative as well as the one-week change map.
For complete U.S. Drought Monitor statistics and additional products and information, please visit http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu
“U.S. Crops in Drought” is updated each week: