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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 20, 2014

May 20, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the May 20, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought held steady this week, continuing to cover 38.1% of the contiguous United States. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased slightly from 14.0% last week to 14.5%.

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.