U.S. Drought Monitor Update for March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015, U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the March 31, 2015, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 36.8% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 34.6%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased from 8.8% last week to 9.0% this week.

A series of low pressure systems and cold fronts moved across the United States this week, bringing above-normal precipitation to parts of the Midwest and Northern Plains. But, the week was drier than normal across most of the country, with drought and abnormal dryness expanding or intensifying in parts of the West, Plains, Midwest, and East.

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.