U.S. Drought Monitor Update for October 15, 2013

October 15, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the October 15, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 36.7% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 38.6%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 2.9% last week to 2.8%. Strong upper-level weather systems dumped heavy rain across parts of the Plains this week, bringing improvement to the Plains and Midwest drought areas. 

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.