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 April 14, 2015, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:
  • 31.3% of the area of U.S. and 37.5% of the lower 48 states.
  • 77.6 million people in the U.S. and 77.2 million people in the lower 48 states.

Most locations east of the Mississippi River saw precipitation this week. Rain along the Gulf Coast was particularly heavy in southern Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama. Areas of the Midwest and Southern Plains also benefited from substantial rainfall. Looking ahead, normal to below-normal temperatures are expected in the central and eastern parts of the country. Warmer than average temperatures should cover the West Coast. Above-normal precipitation is expected from the Southern Plains across the South and Southeast. Drier conditions are expected across much of the West, with below-normal precipitation expected from the Pacific Northwest through the Northern and Central Plains.

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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

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

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NOAA and the CA Water Action Plan: Partnership for resilience
NOAA and its partners have been providing California with research, analyses, publications, forecasts, communications and stakeholder
engagements to support drought preparedness, mitigation and recovery. NOAA's activities illustrate its ongoing commitment to support the state in addressing the issues and actions identified in the Water Action Plan.



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.