U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 12, 2013

February 12, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the February 12, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 55.7% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 56.8%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 19.1% to 17.7%. Potent weather systems brought beneficial rain and snow which improved drought conditions in the Southeast and parts of the Plains, while improving snowpack conditions led to slight drought reductions in the West.

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.