U.S. Drought Monitor Update for September 22, 2015

September 22, 2015, U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the September 22, 2015, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought continues to cover 31.5% of the contiguous United States for the second week. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased slightly from 11.2% last week to 11.4%.

Tropical moisture brought above-normal precipitation to parts of the Southwest, while fronts and low pressure systems gave other parts of the West, Northern Plains, Midwest, and southern Florida a wetter-than-normal week. Otherwise, high pressure kept most of the rest of the country drier than normal, with above-normal temperatures dominating in the central and northeastern parts of the contiguous United States.

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.