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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for July 23, 2013

July 23, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the July 23, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 46.6% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 46.1%. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) decreased from 13.3% last week to 12.5%. Weather disturbances brought locally heavy rain to some drought areas east of the Rockies, but month-long dry weather expanded drought and abnormally dry areas into the Midwest and Lower Mississippi Valley. Monsoon rains brought drought relief to parts of the Southwest, while drought expanded in the hot and dry Northwest.

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.