U.S. Drought Monitor Update for June 10, 2014
According to the June 10, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 36.2% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 37.3%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 13.2% last week to 12.2%. Slow-moving upper-level weather systems brought rain to the central part of the country this week. Locally heavy rainfall amounts improved drought conditions in the Plains to Midwest, but drought remained entrenched in the West under drier- and warmer-than-normal weather.
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.