15 percent of United States gripped by extreme to exceptional drought

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As of May 6, 2014, nearly 15 percent of United States was gripped by extreme to exceptional drought, according to U.S. Drought Monitor. Half of the United States was experiencing at least some level of drought. 

The summer season is just beginning but dry conditions are already making a serious impact on fruit and vegetable agriculture in California. News reports sounded the alarm for grains and livestock in the Plains and South Central West. At least 54 percent of the nation’s wheat crop is affected by some level of drought, as is 30 percent of corn, and 48 percent of cattle. (EO)

Snowpack is 50 percent of normal in many locations in the West, and Mark Svoboda of the National Drought Mitigation Center noted that a lot of snow has completely melted before it normally would.

Compared to any other first half of May data for contiguous U.S. since 2000, this year is showing good potential to remain remembered as another record breaker. 

​If you are into statistics check the table below containing only May data since 2000.

Percent area in U.S. Drought Monitor categories (2000 – 2014)

(contiguous U.S.)

Source: U.S. Drought Monitor – Maps and Data

Week Nothing D0 – Abnormally Dry D1 – Moderate D2 – Severe D3 – Extreme D4 – Exceptional
5/6/2014 49.33 10.61 11.72 13.85 10.04 4.45
             
5/28/2013 43.13 12.53 14.78 17.82 7.00 4.74
5/21/2013 39.06 14.87 14.92 18.52 7.70 4.94
5/14/2013 38.27 14.07 15.36 18.66 9.24 4.40
5/7/2013 37.58 14.36 15.18 18.76 9.74 4.38
             
5/29/2012 35.98 26.65 18.43 13.72 4.57 0.66
5/22/2012 37.68 27.02 15.84 13.51 4.99 0.95
5/15/2012 45.21 21.15 15.25 12.68 4.69 1.02
5/8/2012 43.88 20.24 16.23 12.87 5.17 1.61
5/1/2012 40.67 21.15 17.77 13.48 5.00 1.93
             
5/31/2011 68.95 5.49 4.87 6.01 8.43 6.25
5/24/2011 68.67 5.86 5.21 6.80 7.84 5.62
5/17/2011 67.69 5.96 5.67 7.51 7.14 6.04
5/10/2011 66.19 7.38 5.89 8.05 6.54 5.94
5/3/2011 66.22 7.38 7.14 7.60 8.54 3.12
             
5/25/2010 76.25 14.48 6.79 2.30 0.18 0.00
5/18/2010 74.13 15.54 7.59 2.71 0.03 0.00
5/11/2010 69.22 19.44 8.73 2.62 0.00 0.00
5/4/2010 68.58 20.56 8.25 2.62 0.00 0.00
             
5/26/2009 69.37 16.12 8.84 4.14 0.94 0.59
5/19/2009 66.28 16.62 9.90 5.31 1.15 0.75
5/12/2009 65.12 17.76 9.62 4.85 1.33 1.31
5/5/2009 60.91 21.84 9.87 5.26 1.26 0.86
             
5/27/2008 60.00 18.47 13.41 6.48 1.64 0.00
5/20/2008 54.30 20.51 16.55 7.09 1.55 0.00
5/13/2008 53.83 21.62 15.94 6.53 2.09 0.00
5/6/2008 52.60 21.79 16.87 6.54 2.20 0.00
             
5/29/2007 49.49 16.67 16.17 10.78 6.89 0.00
5/22/2007 50.97 15.23 16.42 10.73 6.65 0.00
5/15/2007 51.23 15.92 16.84 10.52 5.49 0.00
5/8/2007 53.45 14.94 17.04 9.46 5.12 0.00
5/1/2007 52.44 15.05 17.64 10.15 4.73 0.00
             
5/30/2006 50.64 19.98 14.50 8.00 5.59 1.29
5/23/2006 54.59 18.24 13.26 6.79 5.77 1.36
5/16/2006 53.39 21.55 12.08 6.14 5.48 1.36
5/9/2006 48.36 25.56 13.66 5.46 5.26 1.70
5/2/2006 49.16 20.82 14.55 9.91 3.74 1.82
             
5/31/2005 54.96 21.34 13.14 8.67 1.89 0.00
5/24/2005 55.47 22.27 11.58 8.78 1.89 0.00
5/17/2005 59.88 18.78 10.91 8.54 1.89 0.00
5/10/2005 52.61 24.88 9.26 9.96 3.29 0.00
5/3/2005 55.76 22.46 8.60 8.55 3.97 0.67
             
5/25/2004 42.32 17.75 14.04 12.97 12.11 0.81
5/18/2004 46.40 16.28 11.88 13.29 11.04 1.11
5/11/2004 45.17 15.72 12.15 14.62 11.26 1.09
5/4/2004 45.83 14.48 12.98 14.69 10.95 1.08
             
5/27/2003 46.92 11.11 17.39 14.34 9.64 0.60
5/20/2003 45.98 11.36 17.18 15.34 9.55 0.60
5/13/2003 43.78 14.31 20.68 10.85 9.76 0.62
5/6/2003 38.67 18.53 19.35 12.57 10.61 0.26
             
5/28/2002 37.91 17.56 13.61 13.30 14.89 2.73
5/21/2002 40.43 15.23 13.94 13.53 16.26 0.61
5/14/2002 38.56 14.68 15.42 14.90 15.79 0.65
5/7/2002 36.39 19.65 12.29 20.28 10.79 0.61
             
5/29/2001 55.13 14.73 16.60 11.09 1.97 0.49
5/22/2001 53.75 14.34 18.58 10.76 2.08 0.49
5/15/2001 51.44 16.69 16.57 12.50 2.34 0.46
5/8/2001 52.51 18.97 15.34 11.20 1.71 0.27
5/1/2001 63.07 11.99 14.51 8.90 1.27 0.27
             
5/30/2000 62.05 13.77 10.48 8.61 4.82 0.26
5/23/2000 57.84 18.39 9.66 10.54 3.59 0.00
5/16/2000 52.57 19.09 12.81 12.55 2.99 0.00
5/9/2000 55.75 19.56 11.86 11.18 1.66 0.00
5/2/2000 55.43 18.88 12.46 11.56 1.66 0.00

Data source: U.S. Drought Monitor

Featured image: U.S. Drought Monitor

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