U.S. Drought Monitor Update for July 22, 2014

July 22, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the July 22, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 33.6% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 34.2%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 11.9% last week to 11.3%.

A strong cold front brought unseasonably cool air to the eastern two-thirds of the Nation while also triggering numerous showers and thunderstorms across the southern and central Plains, lower Mississippi Valley, Southeast, mid-Atlantic, and coastal New England. In contrast, a ridge of high pressure over the West kept the weather hot and mostly dry.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update is available from www.drought.gov.

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.