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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for February 5, 2013

February 5, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the February 5, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 56.8% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 57.7%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 19.4% to 19.1%. The improvement is due to beneficial rains from a strong frontal system, which contracted drought from the Southern Plains into the Midwest and from the Deep South through upstate New York, and two weeks of decent rain that improved drought conditions in Hawaii.

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

In addition to, 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.