U.S. Drought Monitor Update for November 26, 2013

November 26, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the November 26, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 30.6% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 32.5%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 3.9% last week to 3.8%. A slow-moving, strong upper-level low pressure system brought abundant moisture to the southern tier states from California to the Gulf Coast states. Heavy precipitation contracted drought across the Southwest, Southern Plains, and Deep South, while drier-than-normal weather continued for most of the northern states and the East Coast.

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.