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

July 1, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Ma

According to the July 1, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 34.0% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 35.0%. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) increased from 11.2% last week to 12.0%. A series of upper-level weather systems and associated surface fronts brought areas of heavy rain to much of the contiguous United States, except the Southwest and California where dry high pressure intensified drought.

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.