U.S. Drought Monitor Update for November 19, 2013

November 19, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the November 19, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 32.5% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 31.8%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased from 3.0% last week to 3.9%. A strong frontal low pressure system brought heavy precipitation and severe weather to parts of the Midwest and Ohio Valley but weakened as it crossed the Appalachians. Drought and abnormal dryness contracted in the Midwest but expanded in the East due to a three-month-long dry spell. Much of the West was drier than normal this week, with drought expanding in California and Arizona, but beneficial precipitation contracted drought in Hawaii and Alaska.

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.