The map above is the Drought Monitor, which is issued weekly by the National Drought Mitigation Center. As of April 9, only 4.36% of the contiguous U.S. was classified in drought by the weekly drought monitor analysis. That is the least amount of drought of any week since the Drought Monitor was created in the year 2,000. The “Corn Belt” has more than ample ground moisture to start the growing season. The most drought on othe Drought Monitor was on Sept. 25, 2012. Remember that year…we had two extraordinary “heat waves” in West Michigan. The first was in March, when temperatures soared into the 80s – the blossoms came out early and were frozen with later frosts. The second was in July and saw temperatures soar as high as 104 in G.R. – the warmest since the famous heat wave of July 1936, when we had temps. as warm as 108 in G.R. and 111 in Newaygo.