Drought conditions have been at record levels in the contiguous United States for much of July, according to the National Drought Mitigation Center, which began monitoring drought conditions in 1999. The animated map below shows the spread of drought conditions since January 2012.
Short-term dryness or lingering water deficits
Some crop damage; imminent water shortages
Crop losses likely; water shortages common
Major crop losses; widespread water shortages
Widespread crop losses; water emergencies
Source: U.S. Drought Monitor
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