U.S. Drought Monitor Update for July 16, 2013

July 16, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the July 16, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 46.1% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 44.9%.However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) decreased slightly from 13.8% last week to 13.3%. A cold front and retrograde upper-level low pressure brought areas of rain to large parts of the country this week, improving drought conditions in parts of the Southern Plains where drought has been especially severe. But warm high pressure and continued dry weather expanded drought and abnormally dry areas, especially from parts of the Central Plains to the lower Mississippi Valley.

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.