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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for June 7, 2016

June 7, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the June 7, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 13.2% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 12.7%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) held steady at 2.5% for a fourth week.

Several low pressure systems and fronts moved across the central and eastern contiguous United States this U.S. Drought Monitor week, bringing above-normal precipitation to parts of the Plains, Midwest, and East. A high pressure ridge kept most of the West dry. Warmer-than-normal temperatures returned to much of the West and East, while rainfall and Canadian cold fronts kept the central part of the country near to cooler than normal.

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.