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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 13, 2013

August 13, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the August 13, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 45.3% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 45.5%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 12.0% last week to 11.8%. Intense storm systems along stalled cold fronts, fueled by tropical moisture, dropped heavy rains from the Plains to the Mid-Mississippi Valley, further improving drought conditions. Meanwhile, continued dryness resulted in expanding drought in the Upper Midwest, Lower Mississippi Valley, and parts of the West.

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.