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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for May 7, 2013

May 7, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the May 7, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 48.1% of the contiguous United States, increasing from last week’s 46.9% and interrupting the recent decreasing trend. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased from 14.0% last week to 14.1%. A slow-moving weather system dropped abundant precipitation on the Mississippi and Tennessee Valleys, Southeast, and Florida, contracting drought areas in those regions. But blocking high pressure kept the Northeast and West dry, expanding drought there.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update and a current summary of conditions are available at www.drought.gov.

In addition to Drought.gov, you can find further information on the current drought at The National Drought Mitigation Center.

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.

Additional information on this week’s Drought Monitor is also available from the National Drought Mitigation Center. See their Drought intensifies in SE Colorado and in Southwestern U.S., eases in the East news release.