According to the April 27, 2021, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 40.4% of the United States including Puerto Rico, an increase from last week’s 39.5%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased from 17.7% last week to 18.1%.
Abnormal dryness and drought are currently affecting over 182 million people across the United States including Puerto Rico—about 58% of the population.
In addition to Drought.gov, you can find further information on the current drought as well as on this week’s Drought Monitor update at the National Drought Mitigation Center. See their recent news releases.
The most recent U.S. Drought Outlook is available from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture provides information about the drought’s influence on crops and livestock.