U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 23, 2016

August 23, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the August 23, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 19.4% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 19.9%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 2.9% last week to 2.7%.

A low pressure system in the jet stream flow moved across the contiguous United States this U.S. Drought Monitor week. It dragged a strong cold front with it, which brought below-normal temperatures to the central third of the country and above-normal precipitation to areas from the Southern Plains to the Great Lakes and Northeast. As a result, drought contracted in many areas east of the Rockies. Subtropical high pressure systems maintained their grip on the West and coastal Southeast, keeping the weather generally warmer and drier than normal in those regions.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update is available from 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.

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