Rapid expansion in Upper Midwest drought coverage

High temperatures and little rain led to an unusually rapid widespread expansion of drought across the Upper Midwest. The proportion of the contiguous United States in moderate drought or worse increased to 50.04 percent, a leap from 45.61 percent a week earlier. This is the first time since April 9 that drought has covered more than half of the continental United States. Moderate drought expanded across a large area of Minnesota and parts of the Dakotas and Wisconsin, and from Iowa and Missouri into Illinois. New areas of severe drought appeared in Iowa, Missouri and Nebraska and severe drought expanded in Arkansas and Louisiana, pushing into Mississippi, bringing the total area in severe drought to 33.37 percent of the continental United States, up slightly from 32.23 percent a week earlier. …read more

Source: Drought