U.S. Drought Monitor Update for March 4, 2014

March 4, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the March 4, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 35.9% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 36.1%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 7.7% last week to 7.4%. Weather systems moving in the westerly flow brought above-normal precipitation to much of the West, parts of the Gulf of Mexico Coast, and in a swath from the Mid-Mississippi Valley to Central Appalachians. Generous cold frontal rains also continued to erode dryness and drought in Hawaii. Meanwhile, drier- and colder-than-normal weather dominated much of the Plains, Great Lakes, Northeast, and Southeast.

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.