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 January 27, 2014, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:


  • 24.0% of the area of U.S. and 28.5% of the lower 48 states.
  • 66.0 million people in the U.S. and 65.9 million people in the lower 48 states.


Temperatures during the last week were well above normal over the majority of the United States, with departures of up to 20 degrees Fahrenheit above normal over the High Plains and northern Rocky Mountains. At the end of the current Drought Monitor period, a strong winter storm impacted much of the northeastern United States with strong winds and snow. Most of the country was fairly dry over the last week with the southern plains, Gulf Coast, and southeast receiving the most precipitation. The western United States remained dry, and some areas are on track to having one of the driest Januarys on record.

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

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Drought and public health webinar on tap for Jan. 28

x-ray image of chestThe NIDIS Engaging Preparedness Communities Working Group will host a drought and public health webinar on January 28 at 12:00 p.m. Central Time. Originators of the Community Capitals Framework Model will discuss how the model is applied towards global climate change adaptation, specifically in the health sector. A talk related to the application of CCF to drought and public health will follow. 

Register here.


From too much to too little: How the drought of 2012 evolved from the floods of 2011

Central Region 2012 Drought AssessmentThis assessment identifies how the drought in the central U.S. developed, progressed, and impacted the region, and how different states responded to the challenge. State and regional experts who were actively involved in monitoring conditions and responding to the impacts tell the story of this multi-billion-dollar disaster.

Read the full report