U.S. Drought Portal






What’s behind the drought in the West, and what to expect

CNAP NewsletterHow did this drought happen? What do temperatures and storms have to do with it? Will El Niño help? How does the drought compare to past droughts?

The California Nevada Climate Applications Program (CNAP) explores these questions in a four-page guide to the 2014 drought. Download the document here or visit the CNAP website for more in-depth information on the two states.


What do an oyster fishery in the Gulf of Mexico, fallowed lands in the Central Valley and salt in the estuaries of the Carolina coast have in common?


NIDIS NewsletterStories on them all appear in the NIDIS newsletter for April 2014.

From Capitol Hill to California, NIDIS promotes research, information and actions which foster understanding, planning, mitigation and resilience in the face of drought. Our April 2014 newsletter, “Dry Times,” opens a window on NIDIS’ efforts this past year, featuring:

  • What the Senate committees heard from NIDIS: Explaining the science of drought and urging cooperation among federal agencies
  • Drought in California: Where things stand
  • How to restore the oyster fishery in Apalachicola Bay
  • Salinity’s role in predicting coastal drought
  • Monitoring fallowed lands to help California manage its water bank
  • Evapotranspiration as a promising indicator for rapidly developing agricultural drought
  • NIDIS kicks off a drought early warning system in the Missouri River Basin
  • An interpretation of the 2012 drought in the Central Great Plains by NOAA’s Drought Task Force
  • Developing an impacts reporting system with the Hopi Tribe
  • Tools for adaptation to changing climate in the Navajo Nation

… and more!

For comments and inquiries, contact Kathy Bogan, NIDIS Communications Specialist, at kathleen.bogan@noaa.gov.

Download pdf here.


New Drought Monitor Tool: How many Americans
are affected by drought?

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The Drought Monitor map shows where drought affects the U.S.
– and now, it tells you how many people drought touches as well.

Where to find to new 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.


Photo credit: Andrew Williams

Nov 15, 2013 - As part of the President’s Climate Action Plan, the Administration is launching a National Drought Resilience Partnership (the Partnership). The Partnership will make it easier for communities to access the drought assistance they need by promoting strong partnership and information sharing at all levels of government. It will also build on existing efforts to provide States, Tribes and local communities risk-informed decision making tools for drought preparedness planning. The Partnership aims to align Federal drought polices across the government and help communities manage the impact of drought by linking information (monitoring, forecasts, outlooks, and early warnings) with drought preparedness and long-term resilience strategies in critical sectors such as agriculture, municipal water systems, energy, recreation, tourism and transportation.