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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for July 8, 2014

July 8, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the July 8, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 34.3% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 34.0%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) held steady at 12.0%. Above-normal rain fell in parts of the central United States from cold fronts, along parts of the East Coast from cold fronts and Hurricane Arthur, and in parts of the Southwest from monsoon showers. But, much of the West, Plains, and Southeast were drier than normal.

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

In addition to, 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.