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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for June 24, 2014

June 24, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor May

According to the June 24, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 35.0% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 35.6%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 11.6% last week to 11.2%. A slow-moving upper-level weather system, and associated surface fronts, brought areas of heavy rain to parts of the Plains and Midwest, improving drought conditions, but dry weather continued over most of the western drought areas.

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.