U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 18, 2014
According to the February 18, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 35.7% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 37.6 %. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased from 6.9% last week to 7.3%. An active storm track across the northern tier states and another along the East Coast brought above-normal precipitation to those areas this week, while the Southwest to Southern Plains received little to no precipitation beneath an upper-level ridge. As a result, especially in the western contiguous United States, drought contracted in the North and expanded in the South.
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.