U.S. Drought Monitor Update for April 16, 2013

April 16, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the April 16, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 47.8% of the contiguous United States, a significant decrease from last week’s 50.8%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 16.7% last week to 14.6%. This improvement was due to a couple fronts and storm systems whose beneficial precipitation substantially contracted drought areas in the Midwest, northern Plains, and Southeast.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update and a current summary of conditions are available at www.drought.gov.

In addition to Drought.gov, you can find further information on the current drought at The National Drought Mitigation Center.

The most recent U.S. Drought Outlook is available from NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s World Agriculture Outlook Board provides information about the drought’s influence on crops and livestock.