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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 12, 2014

August 12, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the August 12, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 33.6% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 33.9%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) held steady at 10.2%. Rains, triggered by cool fronts and low pressure systems across parts of the Plains to Southern Appalachians and from monsoon showers in the Southwest, improved drought conditions in those areas, while continued dry conditions worsened drought in other parts of the West, Midwest, and South.

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.