U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 11, 2014

February 11, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the February 11, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 37.6% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 37.4%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) decreased slightly from 7.4% last week to 6.9%. An active storm track this week brought beneficial precipitation to much of the West, while wintry weather moved across parts of the central and eastern United States. The drought area contracted slightly in the Central Plains to Midwest, but expanded in parts of the West and Southern Plains which missed out on the precipitation.

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.