U.S. Drought Portal


Where is the drought? Will it change? What are its impacts?




Reports from media, observers and other sources on drought impacts by state and county, by category, and by time period. >> Launch Site


Wildfire Risks

Wildfire risk is mostly normal for the continental U.S. However, long term drought coupled with increasing potential for offshore winds will keep potential elevated in California through October. >>Click for more information on US Wildfire


Summary of Drought This Week


As of Nov. 17, 2015, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:
  • 19.1% of the area of U.S. and 22.8% of the lower 48 states.
  • 83.4 million people in the U.S. and 81.4 million people in the lower 48 states.

Over the past week, heavy rains brought drought relief to areas from northeast Texas to southeast Minnesota and the Mid-Mississippi Valley.  Several days of onshore flow wrung out abundant Pacific moisture along the coasts of Washington and northwestern Oregon, causing contraction of drought west of the Cascades.  Only a few areas in the Northeast received enough precipitation to warrant improvement.  The precipitation largely missed areas from northwestern Utah into North Dakota.  Southern Florida saw both improvement and deterioration of drought.

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NIDIS in Your Region

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Drought in your backyard

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El Niño resources and regional outlooks, in one place 

This year's El Niño phenomenon has implications for drought, favoring drier than average conditions for parts of the Pacific Northwest, Rockies, Great Lakes and Ohio Valley. NIDIS is collecting links and documents to offer insight into what this could mean for your region.

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Read NIDIS fall newsletter, Dry Times 

Inside this edition: Tribes partner to plan for drought; progress in snowpack monitoring; how climate variability modulates droughts; forecasting a crab fishery using freshwater flow data; indicators for coastal zone fire risk; where droughtbusters happen; a portrait of Pacific Northwest drought and more.
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