Drought expands across Alaska

ANCHORAGE, AK (KTUU) - More than 67 percent of Alaska is either under “abnormally dry” or “moderate drought” conditions as of July 16, 2019. The drought monitor report released on Thursday shows 72 percent of the state’s population is included in those areas.

From the Brooks Range through western Alaska into the Kuskokwim Delta and finally back into Southcentral, areas are listed as abnormally dry. There is a bulge in the Interior that shows the level is at moderate drought.

Parts of the Southeast have been in drought for many months with one section — about .9 percent of the state — in the “extreme drought” category.

Anchorage experienced its driest June on record and so far this month has only seen .07 inches of rain. The typical amount by July 18 is .94 inches.

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