The August “U.S. Drought Monitor” reported that drought coverage and intensity during the summer of 2016 has increased in several areas across the Plains, South and Northeast regions but has mostly shrunk in the Midwest — except in the lower Great Lakes region.
During the four-week period ending Aug. 2, 2016, contiguous U.S. drought coverage increased to 21.12% — up 3.35% from the prior month. Drought coverage has nearly doubled since reaching a 5.5-year minimum of 12.41% on March 15,
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