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Almost half of the country is under drought conditions


More than 49 percent of the lower 48 states are under drought conditions this week.

Key Highlights

Twenty-eight percent of the states under drought conditions are considered under severe drought.

In California, almost 98% of the state remains in drought.

The middle of the country remains in exceptional drought conditions with no improvement.


As of this past week, just over 49% of the lower 48 states are under drought conditions, with 28% under severe drought. The change is a slight improvement for the nation over two weeks ago. 

In California, almost 98% of the state remains in drought, while 80% is still experiencing severe drought or worse. Heavy rains in the state this week could bring significant relief.

• Drought Outlook 12-30 to 1-13-1

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