For the first time since their record-keeping began 12 years ago, the US Drought Monitor reports that more than half of the lower 48 states are in drought:
"The United States is parched, with more than half of the lower 48 states experiencing moderate to extreme drought, according to a report released today (July 5).”
“Just under 56 percent of the contiguous United States is in drought conditions, the most extensive area in the 12-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor. The previous drought records occurred on Aug. 26, 2003, when 54.79 percent of the lower 48 were in drought and on Sept 10, 2002, when drought extended across 54.63 percent of this area."
"The recent heat and dryness is catching up with us on a national scale," Michael Hayes, director of the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, said in a statement. "Now, we have a larger section of the country in these lesser categories of drought than we've previously experienced" in the past 12 years."
Source: Huffington Post