U.S. Drought Monitor Update for September 3, 2013

September 3, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the September 3, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 50.1% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 50.0%. Conversely, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) decreased from 10.5% last week to 9.9%. Continued beneficial rainfall reduced the intensity of drought in most areas and contracted the drought area in the West and in Alaska. But hot and prolonged dry weather expanded drought in the Midwest and South.

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.