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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the April 15, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 37.9% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 38.0%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased from 9.9% last week to 10.1%. Upper-level weather systems moving in an active jet stream flow dragged low pressure systems and fronts across the contiguous United States this week. Above-normal precipitation improved drought conditions across parts of the Midwest and Northern Rockies. But, continued dry conditions expanded and intensified drought in the Central and Southern Plains and Southwest.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update is available from

In addition to, 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.