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Extreme drought coverage U.S. 2018-2020

Drought coverage in the United States can vary noticeable from year to year. In 2018, drought was widespread and severe. As much as 9 percent of the contiguous U.S. experienced extreme drought throughout May and June, 2018.

Percent area of the United States under drought weekly from March 2018 to March 2020*

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Release date

March 2020


United States

Survey time period

March 2018 to March 2020

Supplementary notes

* Applies only to the contiguous U.S.
Moderate drought (D1), some crop damages and low waterboard. Severe Drought (D2), Crop losses likely, water shortages common. Extreme drought (D3), major crop/pasture losses and widespread water shortages or restrictions. Exceptional drought (D4), exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses and shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells creating water emergencies.

To retrieve data, select 'Spatial scale' as 'National', 'Min Dx lev.' as 'D1', 'min threshold'=0.01 and 'max threshold'=100. The 'statistic type' is 'categorical' and the 'Statistic category' is 'percent area'. The 'Location' is 'Continental U.S.'.

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