U.S. Drought Monitor Update for July 30, 2013

July 30, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the July 30, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 45.6% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 46.6%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 12.5% last week to 11.8%. Upper-level weather disturbances combined with surface fronts to bring locally heavy rain to drought areas of the Central Plains to the Lower Mississippi Valley, while monsoon showers brought beneficial rain to scattered areas of the Southwest. Meanwhile, drier-than-normal weather prevailed across the Pacific Northwest and much of the Northern Plains, southern Texas, Midwest, and Tennessee 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.