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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 13, 2014

May 13, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the May 13, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional covers 38.1% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 40.1%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 14.5% last week to 14.0%. Slow-moving weather systems in an elongated upper-level circulation pattern dropped beneficial precipitation across parts of the western and Great Plains drought areas, resulting in contraction of drought this week.

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.