According to the July 23, 2019, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 6.6% of the United States including Puerto Rico, the same as last week. For the 10th week in a row, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) remain at 0.1%.
Abnormal dryness and drought are currently affecting over 33 million people across the United States including Puerto Rico—about 10.7% 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.