U.S. Drought Conditions Ease Slightly; Plains Still Dry
CHICAGO--Overall U.S. drought conditions eased slightly last week, but
severe dryness continues to threaten winter wheat crops in the Plains, the
latest U.S. Drought Monitor map showed Thursday.
The contiguous U.S. was 56.84% in some level of drought as of Tuesday
morning, down 0.84 percentage point from a week earlier, the monitor showed.
Drought conditions remained intense in the High Plains, with 92.08% of the
region experiencing drought, the same as last week. The amount of the region in
"exceptional" drought, the worst category, rose 2.17 percentage points to
Rain and snowfall eased drought conditions in the Midwest. The region was
47.55% in drought, down 3.88 percentage points from a week earlier.