U.S. Drought Monitor Update for January 14, 2014
According to the January 14, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 34.4% of the contiguous United States, an increase from last week’s 33.2%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also increased considerably from 4.1% last week to 6.4%. Several fronts and low pressure systems brought above-normal precipitation to many areas east of the Mississippi River and to parts of the Pacific Northwest to Northern Plains. Meanwhile, a large area of high pressure kept much of the West and Southern Plains dry. As a result, drought contracted in the Northeast and expanded in the South and West.
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.