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 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 August 25, 2015, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:
- 28% of the area of U.S. and 29.5% of the lower 48 states.
- 92.6 million people in the U.S. and 89 million people in the lower 48 states.
Improvements in this week's depiction include areas of Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Texas, New York, Alabama, Georgia, Minnesota and Iowa. Degradations affected Louisiana, Pennsylvania, Montana, Idaho, Washington, Oregon and Virginia. States where conditions worsened in some areas and improved in others include Oklahoma and North Carolina.
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Drought in your backyard
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Western states drought coodinators, emergency managers confer in Seattle
More than 60 drought coordinators, emergency managers, climatologists, water managers and others met July 21-22 in Seattle to address drought-related issues throughout the West. Representing from states from Texas to Alaska, the group explored the array of ways they each monitor, respond to and plan for drought.
What does El Niño mean, really?
Simply put, El Niño is a warming of the ocean surface, or above-average sea surface temperatures (SST), in the central and eastern tropical Pacific Ocean. And it has potential implications for weather in the Western Hemisphere. What does that mean for you? NOAA's Climate.gov hosts a blog exploring the phenomenon.
Drought in the news
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