U.S. Drought Monitor Update for June 18, 2013

June 18, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the June 18, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 44.8% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 44.1%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased slightly from 11.4% last week to 12.6%. Rains from cold fronts and low-pressure systems east of the Rockies brought limited improvement to some Southern Plains drought areas, but hot and dry weather under high pressure dominated much of the West where drought expanded.

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.