U.S. Drought Monitor Update for July 2, 2013

July 2, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the July 2, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 44.1% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 43.8%.The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased slightly from 13.1% last week to 13.6%.  During this past week, an entrenched upper-level high pressure system brought hot and dry weather to the western United States, while a cool upper-level trough dumped copious amounts of rain on places east of the Mississippi River.  Parts of New Mexico and adjacent Texas benefited from local showers, but persistent hot and dry weather expanded or intensified drought over other parts of the West, the Southern Plains, and Alaska.

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.