According to the May 9, 2017, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to extreme drought covers 5.2% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 5.0%. Areas in extreme drought also increased slightly from around 0.1% last week to 0.3%. Exceptional drought, the worst category, continued to remain absent from the country for the 16th consecutive week.
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.