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 October 14, 2014, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:
- 24.89% of the area of U.S. and 29.78% of the lower 48 states.
- 74.1 million people in the U.S. and 74.0 million people in the lower 48 states.
In a repeat of last week, another large weather system moved across the country's midsection bringing copious rains to the Central Plains and the Tennessee and Mississippi Valleys. Parts of the Pacific Northwest also enjoyed some nice moisture.
For more information, see the narratives for the:
Drought in your backyard
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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.
Drought in the news
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