The latest weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report, released Thursday morning (today), shows drought encompassing more of the contiguous U.S. than at any other time since the report’s debut in January 2000.
The analysis, compiled by the National Drought Mitigation Center, shows 55.96% of the 48 states (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) in some stage of drought, breaking the previous high of 54.79% set on August 26, 2003. Last week’s report showed 51.13% of the [...]
Extreme rainfall from Tropical Storm Debby virtually wiped out long-standing drought across Florida, but continued dry weather across the rest of the contiguous U.S. led to the most widespread area of abnormal dryness in the 12-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor report.
Florida: Rapid Reversal
Debby brought widespread rainfall totals of 5 inches or more to much of central and northern Florida, particularly from the 24th through the 26th. Some locations [...]