U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 14, 2013

May 14, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the May 14, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 47.7% of the contiguous United States, decreasing from last week’s 48.1%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 14.1% last week to 13.6%.  Beneficial rain from frontal and upper-level weather systems that fell across parts of the Northeast and Plains, as well as beneficial showers over Hawaii, helped to reduce the national drought footprint. But drought expanded slightly in the West.

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.

Additional information on this week’s Drought Monitor is also available from the National Drought Mitigation Center. See their Drought recedes incrementally but still covers nearly half the country news release.