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 February 24, 2015, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:


  • 27.5% of the area of U.S. and 32.8% of the lower 48 states.
  • 76.2 million people in the U.S. and 76.1 million people in the lower 48 states.


This week, a strong trough dominated the eastern United States, funneling cold air masses into the central and eastern United States. Storm systems moving along the southern edge of the trough generated a wintry mix of weather, dumping locally heavy rain and snow from the Lower to Mid-Mississippi Valley on the western end to the Mid-Atlantic coast in the east, improving drought conditions especially in the Mississippi and Ohio Valleys. The precipitation mostly missed the immediate Gulf of Mexico coastal areas, where drought expanded. Above-normal precipitation fell across parts of the Southwest and Rocky Mountains.

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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

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February national drought outlook features snowpack conditions in the West

The 2-page update shows how drought conditions have changed over the past year; the outlooks for drought, temperature, precipitation and wildfire through May; and how snowpack in the Northwest was far below the median despite near-normal precipitation since Oct. 1.

Download the pdf


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.