U.S. Drought Monitor Update for January 15, 2013

January 15, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the January 15, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 58.9% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 60.3%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 21.3% to 19.4%. The improvement was largely due to widespread rains, with locally heavy rain, along a slow-moving cold front which shrank drought in parts of the Midwest and South.

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.