U.S. Drought Monitor Update for March 25, 2014

March 25, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the March 25, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 38.3% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 37.5%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased from 8.5% last week to 9.7%. Above-normal precipitation fell across a few parts of the northern High Plains, Upper Midwest, New England, and Florida, but the rest of the country was drier than normal this week. Drought conditions deteriorated in parts of the Southwest to Southern Plains where no precipitation fell, while Pacific weather systems brought some improvement to drought areas in the Northwest.

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.