93 Weeks and Counting: How the U.S. has broken a drought record
The U.S. is continuing its record drought streak. 93 weeks and counting, that is how long 40 percent or more of the nation has been in a drought. The ongoing dry conditions go all the way back to September of 2020 now.
The USDA Meteorologist shares the last time we had a record like this.
“The previous record in the drought monitor era, which goes back to 1999, was set during the historic drought of 2012-2013 and during that drought, our longest streak of 40 percent drought coverage was just 68 consecutive weeks. So, we have gone far beyond that. We have gone half a year beyond that point.”
Rippey says there is no end in sight for the drought streak as of now.