U.S. Drought Monitor Update for June 11, 2013

June 11, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the June 11, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought held steady from last week, covering 44.1% of the contiguous United States. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also held steady at 11.4%. However, the combined area of drought and abnormal dryness decreased to about 53.1% of the contiguous United States. Upper-level weather systems and cold fronts triggered areas of rain in parts of the Midwest and Plains, further reducing drought areas, while tropical system Andrea combined with a cold front to bring heavy rain to the East Coast. Meanwhile, an upper-level ridge brought unseasonably hot and dry conditions that expanded drought in the West.

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 most recent news release.

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.