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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 6, 2014

May 6, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the May 6, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional covers 40.1% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 38.4%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased significantly from 12.8% last week to 14.5%. Dry high pressure dominated most of the country after a massive weather system exited the eastern United States at the beginning of this U.S. Drought Monitor week, resulting in the expansion and intensification of drought in the Great Plains states.

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.