According to the June 18, 2019, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 4.0% of the United States, the same as last week. For the fifth week in a row, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) remain at 0.14%, encompassing far southeastern Alaska and a small area of Hawaii’s Big Island.
Abnormal dryness and drought are currently affecting over 30 million people across the United States including Puerto Rico—about 9.7% of the country’s 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.