U.S. Drought Monitor Update for March 5, 2013

March 5, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the March 5, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 53.3% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 54.2%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased slightly from 16.9% to 17.0%. Much of the country was drier than normal during the week, but precipitation improved drought conditions across parts of the Rockies, Midwest, and 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.