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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 6, 2013

August 6, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the August 6, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 45.5% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 45.6%. Conversely, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased slightly from 11.8% last week to 12.0%. Intense storm systems along stalled cold fronts, fueled by tropical moisture, dropped heavy rains that improved drought conditions in the central Plains to Mid-Mississippi Valley, while monsoon showers benefited drought areas in the central to southern Rockies. Dry conditions caused expansion of drought areas further west in parts of the Great Basin and Pacific Northwest, as well as in parts of the southern and extreme northern Plains.

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.