U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 25, 2014

February 25, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the February 25, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 36.1% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 35.7 %. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased slightly from 7.3% last week to 7.7%. An active storm track brought above-normal precipitation to the northern tier states, which was beneficial for the drought areas of the Pacific Northwest and Midwest, while rain fell across frontal bands along the Gulf of Mexico coast. Meanwhile, another dry week expanded and intensified drought across parts of the Southwest to the Southern Plains.

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.