U.S. Drought Monitor Update for October 4, 2016

October 4, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the October 4, 2016, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 19.4% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 19.0%. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) decreased slightly from 3.2% last week to 3.1%.

This U.S. Drought Monitor week began with a strong low pressure system over the eastern contiguous United States, a warm and dry high pressure ridge over the West, and another upper-level low offshore over the North Pacific. These systems slowly migrated eastward as the week progressed, dragging fronts with them. The fronts and lows brought soaking rains to parts of the Ohio Valley to Mid-Atlantic states, and above-normal precipitation to parts of the West Coast, Southwest, and Northern Rockies to northern High Plains. But, much of the country was drier than normal, especially in the Southeast.

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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