The drought gets worse: The US Drought Monitor reports that areas on the nation under extreme drought conditions in key agricultural states has tripled in the past week. Furthermore, the amount of land experiencing drought conditions more broadly has increased to nearly two-thirds of the nation, up from 56% just a week ago. That expansion of D3 or extreme conditions intensified quite rapidly and we went from 11.9% to 28.9% in just one week. For myself, studying drought, that's rapid. We've seen a lot of things developing with this drought that were unprecedented, especially the speed.