U.S. Drought Monitor Update for December 17, 2013

December 17, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the December 17, 2013 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 31.5% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 30.3%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased slightly from 3.8% last week to 3.9%. Weather systems brought precipitation to the eastern third of the country, while the Southwest to Central Plains remained dry. Drought and abnormal dryness expanded in parts of the Pacific Northwest, Plains, and Southeast.

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.