U.S. Drought Monitor Update for June 25, 2013

June 25, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the June 25, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 43.8% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 44.8%. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased slightly from 12.6% last week to 13.1%.  Rain from low pressure systems moving across northern tier states improved drought conditions in the Upper Midwest and Northern Plains, while hot and dry weather continued across much of the Southwest to Southern Plains, and drought expanded in Alaska.

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.