U.S. Drought Monitor Update for January 21, 2014
According to the January 21, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought continues to cover 34.4% of the contiguous United States for a second week. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also held steady at 6.4%. The eastern United States was stuck in a deep freeze pattern as several cold fronts swept across the country, while a dry high pressure ridge was locked in place over the West. Drought and abnormal dryness contracted in the Northeast, where precipitation fell, but expanded in the Plains and South.
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.