Last year, dry conditions cost Southern farmers some $10 billion, and once again, things are looking bleak. Some 61% of the lower 48 states is experiencing drought or "abnormally dry" weather—the biggest proportion of the country since September 2007, USA Today reports. Just two states have completely escaped such conditions: Ohio and Alaska, federal monitors say. The trouble comes after a mild, mainly dry winter.
Georgia is faring particularly poorly, with more than 63% of the state classified as suffering the worst two levels of drought. Even New England, which rarely experiences drought, is struggling—this despite the wettest-ever August in Vermont, thanks to Hurricane Irene. In California, mountain snowpack water levels are 45% lower than usual. A wet winter in the Southern Plains has provided a bit of good news, however, with eastern Texas seeing improvement.