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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for December 28, 2021

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According to the December 28, 2021, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 46.2% of the United States including Puerto Rico, about the same as last week. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) decreased from 14.7% last week to 11.7%

Abnormal dryness and drought are currently affecting over 162 million people across the United States including Puerto Rico—about 52.2% of the population

Map of drought conditions for the United States for the week ending December 28th, 2021

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update is available from

In addition to, 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.

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.

For additional drought information, follow #DroughtMonitor on Facebook and Twitter.

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