U.S. Drought Monitor Update for October 18, 2016

October 18, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the October 18, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 22.1% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 20.1%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased from 3.5% last week to 3.9%.

Subtropical high pressure kept much of the contiguous United States warmer and drier than normal this U.S. Drought Monitor week, with drought expanding and intensifying, especially in the South and Northeast. Pacific weather systems brought above-normal precipitation and cooler-than-normal weather to much of the Pacific Northwest and northern California, reducing drought conditions; some severe weather accompanied the weather systems. A cold front and low pressure system, which swept across the eastern United States, dropped above-normal precipitation across parts of the Lower Mississippi River Valley and 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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