U.S. Drought Monitor Update for December 24, 2013

December 24, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the December 24, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 31.1% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 31.5%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased slightly, however, from 3.9% last week to 4.0%. Two low pressure systems brought above-normal precipitation to parts of the Plains, Southeast, and Ohio Valley, while much of the West remained drier than normal. Those areas receiving precipitation saw improvement in drought categories, while parts of the West and Plains experienced expansion of the worst drought categories.

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.