U.S. Drought Monitor Update for January 29, 2013

January 29, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the January 29, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 57.7% of the contiguous United States, which was only slightly higher than last week’s 57.6%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased slightly from 19.3% to 19.4%. Beneficial rains improved drought conditions across parts of the Southwest, but continued dryness caused drought to expand in the Southeast.

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.