U.S. Drought Monitor Update for July 26, 2016

July 26, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the July 26, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 20.8% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 18.8%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) held steady for a second week at around 2.9%.

A subtropical high pressure ridge dominated the southern tier States again this U.S. Drought Monitor week, keeping the weather hot and dry across much of the country. With the jet stream and storm track across the northern tier states and southern Canada, stationary fronts formed the battleground in the Midwest and Northern Plains where storm systems brought areas of above-normal precipitation. Monsoon showers dotted the Southwest while convective showers were scattered across the Southeast.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update is available from 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.

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