U.S. Drought Monitor Update for April 22, 2014
According to the April 22, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 38.4% of the contiguous United States, an increase decrease from last week’s 37.9%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased from 10.1% last week to 11.5%. Weather systems moving in the upper-level westerly flow generated precipitation along two storm tracks: one across the northern tier states and the other from southern New Mexico, across the Gulf of Mexico coast, and up the East Coast. Below-normal precipitation dominated the rest of the country, with much of the Southwest again receiving virtually no precipitation. Additionally, for the first time in 15 years, 100% of California is in moderate to exceptional drought.
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.