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The latest U.S. drought monitor is reaching historic levels.

"There have only been four times in in the history of the drought monitor that we have seen more than 40% US drought coverage as we've come in to early May," said USDA Meteorologist, Brady Rippey. "The current U.S. drought coverage is 46.6% of the lower 48 states in drought. That is a 2.6% point increase from what we saw five weeks ago near the end of March when we saw drought coverage at 43.9%"

Most of the drought he noted, is centered out here in the west. 

"You look at the 11 state western region we se now a remarkable 84% drought coverage on May 4th. That's a 9% increase from fiveweeks ago. 75% drought coverage at the end of March."

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