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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for June 3, 2014

June 3, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the June 3, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 37.3% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 37.9%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 13.6% last week to 13.2%. Drought conditions improved in the South with rain beneath a slow-moving upper-level weather system at the beginning of the week, and in the central to northern Plains and Upper Midwest with rain from weather systems moving in the northern storm track. Meanwhile, upper-level high pressure continued a pattern of warm and dry weather across much of 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 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.