U.S. Drought Monitor Update for November 5, 2013

November 5, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the November 5, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 32.2% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 34.7%. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased slightly from 2.8% last week to 2.9%. A frontal low pressure system dumped heavy rain across parts of the Southern Plains and Midwest, with cool dry air following behind it. The rain improved drought conditions in the Plains and Midwest, while coastal rain and mountain snow showers trimmed some drought areas in the West, but drought expanded in Hawaii.

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.