The Hagstrom Report

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Despite storm, one-fifth of lower 48 states in drought


The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update released Thursday showed that 60 percent of the land in the lower 48 states still was experiencing some degree of drought as of Tuesday, according to the Associated Press.

That's down nearly 2 percentage points from a week earlier, taking into account much of the fallout from the massive storm Sandy, which dumped up to eight inches of rain in parts of the northeast.

But the storm provided little relief to key Midwest farming states that have been experiencing drought, while damaging farms in the northeast.

Roughly one-fifth of the land in the contiguous U.S. remained in extreme or exceptional drought, the two worst classifications, according to the latest update, which is put out by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska in Lincoln.