U.S. Drought Monitor Update for December 10, 2013

December 10, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the December 10, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 30.3% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 30.6%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) continued to hold steady at 3.8% for the third week. Another powerful storm brought wintry weather to the northern and eastern states, but did little to alleviate conditions in most of the drought areas. The week was drier than normal across much of the West and parts of the Plains and Florida.

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.