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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for September 17, 2019

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According to the September 17, 2019, U.S. Drought Monitor,moderate to extreme drought covers 13.7% of the United States including Puerto Rico, a decrease from last week’s 14.3%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) were at 0.5%, the same as last week. 

Abnormal dryness and drought are currently affecting over 111 million people across the United States including Puerto Rico—about 35.9% of the population.

Map of U.S. drought conditions for September 17, 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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