U.S. Drought Monitor Update for April 23, 2013

April 23, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the April 23, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 47.3% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 47.8%. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased slightly from 14.6% last week to 14.7%. The improvement was due to a couple fronts and storm systems whose beneficial precipitation contracted drought areas in the central Rockies, central Plains, and Midwest. But continued dry weather in the West intensified and expanded drought from western Texas into northern California and the Great Basin.

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.