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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for June 4, 2013

June 4, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the June 4, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 44.1% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 44.3%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 11.8% last week to 11.4%. The decrease was due to significant rain that fell across the drought areas in parts of the Great Plains, Midwest, and northern interior portions of the West. However, below-normal precipitation over the winter and spring months resulted in continued deterioration in parts of the Southwest, Great Basin, and interior portions of the Pacific Northwest.

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 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.