U.S. Drought Monitor Update for January 7, 2014
According to the January 7, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 33.2% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 31.0%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased slightly from 4.0% last week to 4.1%. A large cold front put much of the country east of the Rockies into a deep freeze and generated areas of precipitation in the Plains, Midwest, and Northeast, but dry weather prevailed across the West and South. Drought expanded in the West but contracted in the Northeast and Hawaii.
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.