Current Drought Monitor Map for Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands
United States Drought Monitor
Summary for Puerto Rico this week
No changes were made on this week’s map.
U.S. Virgin Islands
Summary for the U.S. Virgin Islands this week
Drought-free conditions continued this week on both St. Thomas and St. John, though some dryness exists at 9- and 12-month time scales at St. John. Short- and long-term moderate drought continued this week at St. Croix.
About the Drought Classification
The Drought Monitor summary map identifies general areas of drought and labels them by intensity. D1 is the least intense level and D4 the most intense. Drought is defined as a moisture deficit bad enough to have social, environmental or economic effects.
D0 areas are not in drought, but are experiencing abnormally dry conditions that could turn into drought or are recovering from drought but are not yet back to normal.
We generally include a description on the map of what the primary physical effects are for short- and long-term drought.
- S = Drought typically less than 6 months (e.g. agriculture and grasslands)
- L = Drought typically more than 6 months (e.g. hydrology, ecology)
Source: United States Drought Monitor
The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC.