U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 27, 2014

May 27, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor May

According to the May 27, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 37.9% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 38.1%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 14.5% last week to 13.6%. A slow-moving upper-level weather system brought beneficial precipitation to parts of the Southwest and southern to central Plains drought areas this week, while much of the West and Deep South were dry. Temperatures were warmer than normal across much of the country.

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.