U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 28, 2013

May 28, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the May 28, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 44.3% of the contiguous United States, decreasing from last week’s 46.1%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 12.6% last week to 11.8%. Heavy rain from frontal lows improved drought conditions in the northern Plains, Upper Midwest, Northeast, and parts of the southeastern Plains. Meanwhile, little or no precipitation fell from California to the central and southern High Plains, further sharpening the gradient between drought and non-drought areas across the Nation’s mid-section.

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 most recent news release.

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.