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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for July 15, 2014

July 15, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the July 15, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 34.2% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 34.3%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 12.0% last week to 11.9%. Beneficial rains fell over the drought areas from monsoon showers in the Southwest and convective and frontal showers over the Central Plains. Dry weather expanded drought over 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.