U.S. Drought Monitor Update for October 29, 2013

October 29, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the October 29, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 34.7% of the contiguous United States, a slight decrease from last week’s 35.0%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) continue to hold steady at around 2.8%. A warm upper-level ridge over the western U.S. and trough over the east kept conditions generally dry across the country. An upper-level weather system moved into the West near the end of the USDM week, bringing a few areas of above-normal precipitation to the Plains and West.

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.