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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 2, 2016

February 2, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the February 2, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 15.5% of the contiguous United States for a second week. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also held steady at 4.6%.

Fronts and low pressure systems moving across the contiguous United States this week brought above-normal precipitation to the West, Florida, and northern Great Lakes. Some precipitation also fell from the Lower Mississippi Valley to Central Appalachians. But, the week was drier than normal across most of the Great Plains to East Coast.

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.