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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for April 2, 2013

April 2, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the April 2, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 51.9% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 51.6%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased from 16.9% last week to 17.1%. Above-normal precipitation fell across parts of the West, Plains, Southeast, and Upper Midwest, but below-normal precipitation was widespread elsewhere.

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.