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 October 21, 2014, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:


  • 24.90% of the area of U.S. and 29.80% of the lower 48 states.
  • 74.2 million people in the U.S. and 74.1 million people in the lower 48 states.


The major weather system that affected much of the nation’s midsection last week left abundant precipitation this week from the mid-Atlantic up into New England. Hurricane Ana lost strength as it approached Hawaii and Tropical Storm Ana passed south of the Hawaiian Island dumping up to 10 inches of rain in its path.


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:



How many Americans are affected by drought?

The Drought Monitor shows where drought affects the U.S. and how many people drought touches as well. To find the statistics:

1. Click on a state or region on the map. On the page that pops up, under the table of figures, you’ll see the total population affected by drought, and a brown button to click for more statistics. 2. Go directly to the population data archive. In the drop-down menu to the left of the key, select your state or region.

Arizona Forum looks at drought's impact on industry, mining, manufacturing

Tempe was the site for the second forum in the series sponsored by the Western Governors' Association. The initiative includes five meetings, each addressing drought's impact on a different economic sector. Next up: drought and agriculture, Nov. 13-14 in Sacramento, Calif. Findings will help to build an online drought resource library of best practices and case studies. The goal is to foster a dialogue in which states and industry can share insight on drought management.