U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 19, 2014
According to the August 19, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 33.6% of the contiguous United States, the same as last week. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) decreased slightly from 10.2% last week to 10.1%. Areas of rain from weather systems and fronts brought limited improvement to drought areas of the Southwest, Southern Plains, and East. But the rains were limited in scope, with drought or abnormal dryness expanding and intensifying in other parts of the Southern Plains, Southeast, Midwest, and Puerto Rico.
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.