U.S. Drought Monitor Update for November 8, 2016

November 8, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the November 8, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 27.4% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 26.8%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased slightly from 4.9% last week to 5.0%.

A high pressure ridge dominated the contiguous United States this U.S. Drought Monitor week, keeping most of the country warmer and drier than normal and helping drought to intensify or expand in areas from the Southeast to Central Rockies. Pacific fronts brought precipitation to the Northwest Coast, while an upper-level low pressure system slowly moved from the Southwest into the Plains, bringing rain from the Southwest and Southern Plains to the Great Lakes.

The full U.S. Drought Monitor weekly update is available from 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.

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