U.S. Drought Monitor Update for October 16, 2012

October 16, 2012 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the October 16, 2012 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 62.4% of the contiguous United States. This is down from 63.6% last week. Exceptional drought also decreased from 6.2% to 5.8%.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update and a current summary 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.