According to the February 11, 2020, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 8.9% of the United States including Puerto Rico, the same as last week. Extreme drought increased from 0.06% last week to 0.14% this week. No areas are experiencing the worst category, exceptional drought.
Abnormal dryness and drought are currently affecting over 49 million people across the United States including Puerto Rico—about 16.0% 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.