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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for December 25, 2012

December 25, 2012 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the December 25, 2012 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought remained steady across the Nation this week, continuing to cover 61.8% of the contiguous United States. Exceptional drought rose for the second week in a row from 6.6% to 6.7%.

The December 25 U.S. Drought Monitor value of 61.8% in moderate to exceptional drought is a decrease from the value of 62.7% at the end of November (November 27 U.S. Drought Monitor).

The Christmas Eve Palmer Drought Severity Index indicated 56.7% of the contiguous United States was in moderate to extreme drought, which is a decrease of about 3% compared to the end of November. The Palmer Drought Severity Index goes back to the beginning of the 20th century.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update and a current summary of conditions are available at  

In addition to, you can find further information on the current drought at The National Drought Mitigation Center.

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.