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U.S. Drought Monitor Update for Sept 17, 2013

September 17, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the September 17, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 48.2% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 50.7%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased substantially from 10.2% last week to 6.9%. Abundant tropical moisture caused heavy rains across much of the Southwest to Central Plains, improving drought conditions, and continued September rains contracted drought in Alaska. But persistent dry weather resulted in the expansion of drought and abnormally dry conditions in parts of the Midwest and Lower Mississippi Valley.

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

In addition to, 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.