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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for November 12, 2013

November 12, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the November 12, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 31.8% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 32.2%. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased slightly for the second week in a row from 2.9% last week to 3.0%. A frontal low pressure system brought precipitation to parts of the Plains and Midwest early, but otherwise dry weather dominated much of the country this Drought Monitor week. The precipitation improved drought conditions in the Plains and Midwest, while continued lack of precipitation, drying soils, and lowering stream levels prompted expansion of drought and abnormally dry areas in the East.

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.