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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for March 11, 2014

March 11, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the March 11, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 35.7% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 35.9%. Conversely, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased slightly from 7.4% last week to 7.7%. Two storm tracks brought weather systems that improved drought conditions in the Pacific Northwest and along the Texas Gulf Coast. Meanwhile, dry conditions continued in the Southwest, Midwest to Northeast, and Central to Southern Plains, with drought intensifying in the Plains.

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.