The worst U.S. drought in decades is showing little signs of easing as farmers close out their corn harvests and pivot toward growing winter wheat that's also now struggling in the dry conditions. The weekly U.S. Drought Monitor update released today shows that more than roughly 62 percent of the land in the lower 48 states is experiencing some degree of drought.
The National Drought Mitigation Center has upgraded much of western Kentucky to “exceptional drought” status. Climatologist Brian Fuchs says exceptional drought, or D4, is the highest drought level. It’s characterized by widespread crop loss and water restrictions in some places.