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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 26, 2020

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According to the May 26, 2020, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 15.5% of the United States including Puerto Rico, a decrease from last week’s 15.8%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) decreased from 1.1% last week to 1.0% this week. 

Abnormal dryness and drought are currently affecting over 52 million people across the United States including Puerto Rico—about 16.8% of the population.

Map of U.S. drought conditions for May 26, 2020

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. 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.

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

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