U.S. Drought Monitor Update for April 30, 2013

April 30, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the April 30, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 46.9% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 47.3%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 14.7% last week to 14.0%. This improvement was due to a several fronts and weather systems whose beneficial precipitation contracted drought areas from parts of the Plains eastward.  However, unrelenting dry weather in the West continued to intensify and expand drought from western Texas into the Southwest, and short-term dryness was beginning to have an impact in parts of the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic.

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.