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US Drought Expands, Exceptional Level Worsens

Posted by feww on May 9, 2013

Drought levels D0 – D4 spread to 62.42 percent of Contiguous U.S.

The West is worst affected section of the country,  with D0 – D4 drought levels covering 86.54 % of the region, up from 80.44% last week, while the Northeast experiences significant increase in D0 – D1 drought levels.

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US Drought Map as of May 7, 2013, released by US Drought Monitor on May 9, 2013.

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U.S. Regional Drought Comparison Map. Drought has spread and intensified in the West and Northeast U.S. since last week. Image source: U.S. Drought Monitor.

U.S. Northeast Drought

  • D1 drought level covered 9.81 percent of the region, up from 0.0% last week.
  • Areas covered by D0 – D1 drought levels increased to 54.33%, up from 31.06%.

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