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Drought in Lower 48 States Expands in Week, U.S. Monitor Says

August 23, 2012

The drought in the lower 48 states expanded to 63.2 percent in the week ended Aug. 21 from 61.77 percent a week earlier, the U.S. Drought Monitor said today on its website.

The most severe level of drought, called exceptional, rose to 6.31 percent from 6.26 percent.

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