How is the drought affecting you? Share your stories and photos with Yahoo! News

Tim Skillern
The Lookout

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While the current drought may feel less dramatic than, say, a Colorado wildfire or Florida hurricane, it is indeed affecting millions of Americans: the farmer with dried-up crops, the rancher whose land swelters in the summer sun, the suburban family under watering restrictions or the urban couple facing high food prices.

In fact, as of Aug. 2, 1,584 counties across 32 states are part of drought disaster areas, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

How is the drought hurting you? Yahoo! News is publishing readers' anecdotes, photos and videos that put a human face on the drought.

Here are few ways you can help shape the story:

Share your story

* Write your first-person account with our Yahoo! Contributor Network. The best stories may be used in our coverage and may be published under your byline on Yahoo! News. Click here to get started

* Add your anecdotes and stories in the comment field below

Share your photos

* Tweet your drought photos to @yahoonews using #drought

* Share your Instagram photos of the drought in your area using #drought

* Add your drought photos to our Yahoo! News Flickr group

Share your videos

* If you've shot and published video that illustrates the drought in your area, tweet a link to us @yahoonews or email us a link at