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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for March 18, 2014

March 18, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the March 18, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 37.5% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 35.7%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased from 7.7% last week to 8.5%. Several fronts and weather systems moved across the United States this week, but precipitation was mainly limited to the drought-free areas of the East. Some beneficial precipitation fell over parts of the Southern Rockies and Plains, but the dominant dryness this week expanded drought in the Plains, Midwest, and West.

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.