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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for March 19, 2013

March 19, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the March 19, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 51.9% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 51.4%, reversing a decreasing trend of the last several weeks. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased from 16.5% to 16.9%. Weather systems brought above-normal precipitation to parts of the northern tier states and Midwest to Northeast, but much of the West, Plains, and Southeast were drier than normal this week.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update and a current summary of conditions are available at

In addition to, you can find further information on the current drought at The National Drought Mitigation Center.

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.