U.S. Drought Monitor Update for Sept 24, 2013

September 24, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the September 24, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 45.5% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 48.2%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased substantially from 6.9% last week to 4.3%.  A series of upper-level weather systems and associated surface fronts brought widespread areas of rain, locally heavy in places.  As a result, drought conditions improved in the contiguous United States, especially in the Southwest, Great Plains, and Lower Mississippi Valley, but worsened in Hawaii.

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.