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Low water levels in the Colorado River
Since 2011, NIDIS has partnered with the Modeling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program to support drought-focused competitive funding opportunities. The FY 2023 competition is now open and will focus on science for the 21st-century western U.S. hydroclimate.

Advancing Drought Science and Preparedness Across the Nation

The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) is a multi-agency partnership that coordinates drought monitoring, forecasting, planning, and information at national, tribal, state, and local levels.

Current Conditions and Outlooks

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country. Drought categories show experts’ assessments of conditions related to dryness and drought including observations of how much water is available in streams, lakes, and soils compared to usual for the same time of year. 

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The Climate Prediction Center's (CPC's) Seasonal Drought Outlook is issued monthly on the third Thursday of each month. The Outlook predicts whether drought will emerge, stay the same, or get better in the next three months.

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U.S. Drought Monitor Category
Value Map Hex Color
D0 - Abnormally Dry #ffff00 55.4
D1 - Moderate Drought #ffcc99 41.9
D2 - Severe Drought #ff6600 30.3
D3 - Extreme Drought #ff0000 15.6
D4 - Exceptional Drought #660000 3.6
Drought Outlook Category
Value Map Hex Color
Drought persists #9b634a 32.1
Drought remains but improves #ded2bc 2.2
Drought removal likely #b2ad69 5.3
Drought development likely #ffde63 8.9
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The American Meteorological Society is hosting its 103rd annual meeting on January 8–12, 2023, in Denver, Colorado. This year, the meeting will focus on the theme, "Data: Driving Science. Informing Decisions. Enriching Humanity.” The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and its partners are excited to co-chair several sessions related to drought analysis and prediction, flash
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NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) continues its partnership with the NASA DEVELOP Program, working with early-career scientists and university students. This nationwide program uses NASA Earth observations to address diverse environmental issues impacting communities. At the DEVELOP NCEI location, participants work on projects that focus primarily on climate
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This summer’s western wildfire season is likely to be more severe than average but not as devastating as last year’s near-record, according to an experimental prediction method developed by scientists at the National Center for Atmospheric Research (NCAR). The new method, detailed in a peer-reviewed study, analyzes precipitation, temperatures, drought, and other climate conditions in the