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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for April 29, 2014

April 29, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the April 29, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought held steady this week, covering 38.4% of the contiguous United States. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased from 11.5% last week to 12.8%. Weather systems moving in the upper-level westerly flow brought severe weather and swaths of precipitation to parts of the contiguous United States, while drier-than-normal weather dominated much of the Southwest, southern Plains, and coastal Southeast.

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.