U.S. Drought Monitor Update for April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the April 8, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 38.0% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 38.4%. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased slightly from 9.8% last week to 9.9%. A couple surface lows and cold fronts, generated by upper-level weather disturbances, dumped above-normal precipitation across portions of the eastern Plains into the Midwest and South this week, improving drought and abnormally dry conditions. But, much of the West and Plains, especially the Southern Plains, continued dry, with drought expanding or intensifying. Beneficial rainfall improved drought conditions in Hawaii.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update is available from www.drought.gov.

In addition to Drought.gov, you can find further information on the current drought as well as on this week’s Drought Monitor update at the National Drought Mitigation Center. See their recent news releases.

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.