U.S. Drought Monitor Update for Sept 10, 2013

September 10, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the September 10, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 50.7% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 50.1%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased from 9.9% last week to 10.2%. Dry weather, under a hot upper-level high pressure ridge, dominated much of the country from the Central Plains to the East Coast this week, resulting in the expansion of drought in the Midwest and Southern Plains. However, drought contracted slightly due to frontal rains in the Northern Plains and monsoon rains in parts of the West. Continued dryness expanded drought 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.