U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 26, 2013

February 26, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the February 26, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 54.2% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 55.8%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 18.7% to 16.9%. This is a result of heavy rains in the Southeast and winter storms in the southern and central Plains, which reduced drought area and intensity in those areas.

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.