U.S. Drought Monitor Update for August 5, 2014

August 5, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Update

According to the August 5, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 33.9% of the contiguous United States, a very slight decrease from last week’s 34.1%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased slightly from 10.6% last week to 10.2%.  Rains, from monsoon showers in the West and frontal showers east of the Rockies, nudged the national drought coverage down slightly this week.  Drought contracted slightly in the Southwest, Southern Plains, and Puerto Rico, but expanded under continued dry weather elsewhere in the Plains and in the Northwest.

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.