More than three-fifths of the lower 48 U.S. states are affected by drought, according to an update from the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor report.
The report states there was an increase to 60.1 percent of the states this week, up from 58.8 percent from last week, according to The Associated Press.
Even though the fall season has brought rains and storms, showing improvements over the past several weeks, those areas are not getting enough rain.
Richard Heim, with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, told the news agency that “the places that are getting precipitation, like the Pacific Northwest, are not in drought, while areas that need the rainfall to end the drought aren’t getting it.”
Gregg Ode, a farmer in South Dakota, said he is hoping for rains.
“We just hope that Mother Nature will bless us with some rains in the spring when we get the crops put in,” Ode told USA Today. “We had a guy come in with an excavator to dig some holes, and 8 feet down it’s nothing but powder.”
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