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Current Information on Recent U.S. Drought Conditions

Today climate.gov posted a new featured image depicting the current degrees of drought severity in the affected locations across the contiguous United States based on the U.S. Drought Monitor. The impacts of these drought conditions include shrinking water supplies for cattle and crops, which can contribute to huge agricultural losses. The U.S. Drought Monitor estimates that 37.1 percent of the contiguous United States was in drought as of April 24, an increase from 27.4 percent a year ago. The National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) is a collaborating partner on the U.S. Drought Monitor product, which continues to detect and measure drought levels in the United States.

View the full-size map and description at http://www.climatewatch.noaa.gov/image/2012/dry-warm-spring-no-help-for-southern-drought