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 Sept. 1, 2015, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:
  • 28.4% of the area of U.S. and 30.4% of the lower 48 states.
  • 100.7 million people in the U.S. and 97.1 million people in the lower 48 states.

Improvements in this week's depiction include areas of Alaska, Washington StateMinnesotaIowa and Wisconsin. Degradations affected Louisiana, Arkansas, Mississippi, parts of the Northeast and East Coast, NebraskaOklahoma and North Carolina. States where conditions worsened in some areas and improved in others include Georgia, Alabama and Florida.

For more information, see the narratives for the:




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

How is drought affecting you? Enter your zip code for current conditions:

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Western states drought coodinators, emergency managers confer in Seattle 

park with completely dry grassMore 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.

Agenda, list of attendees and links to presentations

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.

Read the blog