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U.S. Drought: Weekly Report for March 21, 2023

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According to the March 21, 2023 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 28.9% of the United States including Puerto Rico, a decrease from last week’s 29.9%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) decreased from 4.4% last week to 4.2%.

Abnormal dryness and drought are currently affecting over 91 million people across the United States including Puerto Rico—about 29.4% of the population.

U.S. Drought Monitor map for March 21, 2023.

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.

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.