U.S. Drought Monitor Update for June 17, 2014

June 17, 2014 U.S. Drought Monitor May

According to the June 17, 2014, U.S. Drought Monitor, moderate to exceptional drought covers 35.6% of the contiguous United States, a decrease from last week’s 36.2%. The worst drought categories (extreme to exceptional drought) also decreased from 12.2% last week to 11.6%. Widespread, locally heavy downpours brought drought relief to the Midwest, central Plains, and southern Florida, while drought conditions prevailed or intensified from California into the central and southern Rockies.

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.