USA Today Article on National Drought

On April 12, USA Today reported that the nation has not been this dry in 5 years.  Still reeling from devastating drought that led to at least $10 billion in agricultural losses across Texas and the South in 2011, the nation is enduring more unusually parched weather.  A mostly dry, mild winter put nearly 61 percent of the lower 48 states in “abnormally dry” or drought conditions, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.  That is the highest percentage of dry or drought conditions since September 2007.  Only two states — Ohio and Alaska — are entirely free of abnormally dry or drought conditions.


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For more location specific drought information and weather predictions, visit the U.S. Drought Monitor website at: and/or the National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center website at:



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