U.S. Drought Monitor Update for March 12, 2013

March 12, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the March 12, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 51.4% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 53.3%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 17.0% to 16.5%. This decrease was caused by weather systems that brought above-normal precipitation to parts of the Southwest, Great Plains, and Midwest, reducing drought in those areas.

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.