U.S. Drought Monitor Update for July 29, 2014

July 29, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor Map

According to the July 29, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 34.1% of the contiguous United States, a slight increase from last week’s 33.6%. However, the worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) decreased slightly from 11.3% last week to 10.6%.

High pressure brought warmer-than-normal temperatures to the Southwest and parts of the Central and Southern Plains this week, while a low pressure trough sent cool fronts across the eastern contiguous United States. The Southwest to Plains were drier than normal, except for scattered monsoon showers in the Southwest, while areas of above-normal rain fell in the Northwest and parts of the East from fronts and low pressure systems.

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.