U.S. Drought Monitor Update for April 9, 2013

April 9, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the April 9, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 50.8% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 51.9%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 17.1% last week to 16.7%. This improvement was due to several fronts and storm systems that brought beneficial precipitation to drought areas in the Midwest, South, and Southeast. Heavy rains even reduced the area of the worst drought categories (D3–D4, extreme to exceptional drought) in the Central Plains core drought region.

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.