U.S. Drought Monitor Update for April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the April 1, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 38.4% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 38.3%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased slightly from 9.7% last week to 9.8%. A series of Pacific weather disturbances moving in the upper-level circulation dragged cold fronts and low pressure systems across the country, bringing above-normal precipitation to much of the West, Northern Plains, Lower Mississippi Valley, and East Coast. But, dry weather continued across the Central and Southern Plains to Midwest, where drought intensified or expanded, as well as over the Southwest.

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.