Special Report

18 States With the Worst Drought Right Now

 

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18. South Dakota
> State currently in extreme or exceptional drought: 0.2% of land area
> Population in areas of extreme or exceptional drought: 1,734 (0.2% of state)
> Driest week since 2010: Mar. 19, 2013 (67.5% of land area in extreme or exceptional drought)
> Driest county: Bon Homme County (11.5% of land area in extreme or exceptional drought)

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17. Hawaii
> State currently in extreme or exceptional drought: 3.1% of land area
> Population in areas of extreme or exceptional drought: 12,229 (0.9% of state)
> Driest week since 2010: Sep. 28, 2010 (31.9% of land area in extreme or exceptional drought)
> Driest county: Hawaii County (4.1% of land area in extreme or exceptional drought)

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16. Washington
> State currently in extreme or exceptional drought: 3.9% of land area
> Population in areas of extreme or exceptional drought: 79,573 (1.2% of state)
> Driest week since 2010: Aug. 25, 2015 (84.6% of land area in extreme or exceptional drought)
> Driest county: Grant County (76.0% of land area in extreme or exceptional drought)

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15. Colorado
> State currently in extreme or exceptional drought: 4.5% of land area
> Population in areas of extreme or exceptional drought: 19,475 (0.4% of state)
> Driest week since 2010: Oct. 20, 2020 (77.7% of land area in extreme or exceptional drought)
> Driest county: Baca County (97.1% of land area in extreme or exceptional drought)

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14. Idaho
> State currently in extreme or exceptional drought: 6.8% of land area
> Population in areas of extreme or exceptional drought: 77,154 (4.9% of state)
> Driest week since 2010: Sep. 14, 2021 (65.1% of land area in extreme or exceptional drought)
> Driest county: Franklin County (98.5% of land area in extreme or exceptional drought)

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