Latest drought monitor reveals minor changes in drought from last week, with the lower 48 experiencing worsening D2-D4 drought.
The report out Thursday showed 41. 07% of the U.S. is in severe to exceptional drought, up just about 1% from last week.
Areas of northwestern Minnesota experienced worsening drought, developing extreme drought (D3) conditions. Southern Wisconsin also developed an area of D3. Much of the remainder of the Corn Belt has held steady, neither improving nor worsening.
The Northern Plains have stayed dry, with some areas experiencing a one-category degradation. Central and Southern Plains have received little rainfall, leading to small degradations.
Rains improved conditions in the Mid-Atlantic and the Northeast. More than two inches of rain fell on the region this week, the Drought Monitor reports.
D0 areas in the Southeast were removed, but Georgia is still dry, resulting in degradation from D3 to D4.
Source: U.S. Drought Monitor, Anthony Artusa