U.S. Drought Portal

www.drought.gov

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

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

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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

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Summary of Drought This Week

 

As of February 24, 2015, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:

 

  • 27.5% of the area of U.S. and 32.8% of the lower 48 states.
  • 76.2 million people in the U.S. and 76.1 million people in the lower 48 states.

 

This week, a strong trough dominated the eastern United States, funneling cold air masses into the central and eastern United States. Storm systems moving along the southern edge of the trough generated a wintry mix of weather, dumping locally heavy rain and snow from the Lower to Mid-Mississippi Valley on the western end to the Mid-Atlantic coast in the east, improving drought conditions especially in the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys. The precipitation mostly missed the immediate Gulf of Mexico coastal areas, where drought expanded. Above-normal precipitation fell across parts of the Southwest and Rocky Mountains.

 
For more information, see the narratives for the:

 

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NIDIS in Your Region

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Southeast California
Northwest 4-Corners
Upper Colorado Missouri River
Southern Plains Carolina Coast
 

Drought in your backyard

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February national drought outlook features snowpack conditions in the West

The 2-page update shows how drought conditions have changed over the past year; the outlooks for drought, temperature, precipitation and wildfire through May; and how snowpack in the Northwest was far below the median despite near-normal precipitation since Oct. 1.

Download the pdf

 

Webinar series features Western experts on water and drought management

Inspired by its Drought Forum initiative, the Western Governors' Association is presenting a five-webinar series examining the challenges of drought management. Topics include re-used, produced and brackish water; reducing municipal water consumption; the role of data in understanding and predicting dry conditions; managing forests for water resource needs; and how local approaches to hydrology and legal structures can be applied regionally.

More information and registration here.