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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 20, 2013

August 20, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the August 20, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 45.6% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 45.3%. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) decreased from 11.8% last week to 10.5%. This resulted from the weather patterns of the past week. Tropical moisture along a stalled weather front brought heavy rain to the Southeast and areas of rain to parts of the Plains drought region this week, reducing drought intensity. But continued dryness expanded drought areas in the Midwest, Alaska, and parts of the South and 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.