U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 27, 2013

August 27, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the August 27, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 50.0% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 45.6%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) held steady at 10.5%. High pressure built up over the central part of the country this week, bringing hot and dry weather, while monsoon showers continued in the Southwest and frontal rains moistened parts of the Northwest. Consequently, drought expanded in the Plains and Midwest.

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.