U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 19, 2013

February 19, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the February 19, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 55.8% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 55.7%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased from 17.7% to 18.7%. Heavy rains at the beginning of the period lessened drought conditions in Georgia, but drought expanded in Florida and parts of the West.

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

In addition to Drought.gov, 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.