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 May 2, 2017:
For the contiguous 48 states, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed 4.98 percent of the area in moderate drought or worse, compared with 6.11 percent a week earlier.
Drought now affects 40,149,839 people, compared with 41,205,021 a week earlier.
For all 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico, the U.S. Drought Monitor showed 4.21 percent of the area in moderate drought or worse, compared with 5.16 percent a week earlier.
Drought now affects 40,226,026 people, compared with 41,300,480 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: