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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 7, 2019

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According to the May 7, 2019, U.S. Drought Monitor,moderate to severe drought covers 2.5% of the United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 2.6%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) was at 0% for the seventh week in a row.

Abnormal dryness and drought are currently affecting over 25 million people across the United States—about 8.2% of the country’s population.

Map of U.S. drought conditions for May 7, 2019

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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