The nation's drought percentage is the lowest it has been in about 17 years.
Since the U.S. Drought Monitor was created nearly two decades ago, it has provided weekly data sets on the prevalence of drought within the United States. According to a new report, drought conditions in the U.S. have substantially improved, as the rate of drought in the country has fallen to about 6.1% within the lower 48 states. That is the lowest it has been in about 17 years!
As GoodNewNetwork points out, the previous record-low from the federal organization was reported in July 2010, with 7.7% drought. The highest amount of drought recorded was in September of 2012, with a drought percentage of 65.5%.
What this news means is that California’s debilitating years-long drought has essentially come to an end. Only 40% of the state was drought-stricken in January, compared to 8% in April of 2017. Undoubtedly, this is an effect of Northern California receiving an abundance of rainfall in snow this year. Though southern California is still technically in a drought, the conditions are expected to be less harsh due to the relieving weather conditions.
A state of drought emergency was declared by California Governor Jerry Brown in 2014. Now that the nationwide drought is at a record-low, the politician is expected to elaborate on the state’s condition in the near future.
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