This summer has been marked by heavy rain and even flooding in many parts of the United States. Long-term drought, however, continues to plague a large section of this country.
According to the latest report from the U.S. Drought Monitor, 45% of this nation is in some form of drought. While this number represents improvement for some areas, such as the east and mid-west, the western states remain dry. Conditions of moderate drought or worse cover 77% of that region with 19% suffering under extreme drought. These numbers are up from this time last year.
As the drought intensifies in the west, it is helping to fuel the region’s numerous wildfires.