U.S. Drought Monitor Update for December 31, 2013

December 31, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the December 31, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 31.0% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 31.1%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) held steady at around 4.0%.  Two low pressure systems brought above-normal precipitation to parts of the Plains and from the Southeast to coastal New England, while most of the rest of the country was dry. Those areas receiving precipitation saw improvement in drought categories, while drought expanded slightly in parts of the West.

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.