U.S. Drought Monitor Update for December 3, 2013
According to the December 3, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought continues to cover 30.6% of the contiguous United States for the second week. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also held steady at 3.8%. A powerful storm helped alleviate dryness in the eastern United States, while Pacific systems brought precipitation to parts of the Northwest and northern Plains. Much of the rest of the country was dry, but cool temperatures kept drought conditions from intensifying over most of the contiguous United States. Recent rains reduced drought in Hawaii while moderate drought and abnormal dryness were reduced in interior Alaska, consistent with above normal precipitation for the last few weeks abating drought impacts there.
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.