A new map from U.S. Drought Monitor Shows vast areas of the western, southwestern, and central U.S. in dark and bright red, representing megadroughts and extreme droughts.
About 50 percent of the country is now experiencing some form of drought. The combination of high heat and low precipitation means more than half of people in the U.S. have seen these conditions for more than four weeks, CNN reports.
In addition to extremely dry areas in red, the Drought Monitor map also shows yellow, tan and orange for drought, moderate drought and severe drought, respectively.
At the beginning of the year, signs of drought had begun.California officials conducted their annual snow measurement at Phillips Station, south of Lake Tahoe, on April 1, and reported only found 2.5 inches There should be a few feet of snow.One catastrophic drought are strangling Western countries, while several of the country’s most important reservoirs, including Lake Mead and lake powellat historically low levels.
States across the Northeast had less warning. Like regular drought, Flash drought caused by low rainfall. But the combination of little rain and unusually high temperatures could lead to a sudden drought that makes it hard to prepare for. Massachusetts did not report any drought conditions in May, but by mid-July, 80% of states Experience moderate to severe drought.New Jersey also reports sudden drought, urges residents avoid watering their lawnSeveral states in the region, including Rhode Island, Maine and New Hampshire, are also grappling with sudden drought conditions, CNN reported.
climate change and human activity contribute increasingly severe drought.farmers tending crops and livestock are strugglingand water restrictions are affecting millions of Americans.Low water levels in reservoirs also threaten hydropower capacity.