U.S. Drought Monitor Update for October 22, 2013

October 22, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the October 22, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 35.0% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 36.7%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) held steady at around 2.8%.

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.