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2021 Drought Resources for the Pacific Northwest

Most of the Pacific Northwest is experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions, with conditions worsening in recent weeks. According to the August 17, 2021 U.S. Drought Monitor, 94.19% of the region is in drought, up from 40.8% at the start of 2021. We have gathered a list of resources at the state and regional level to help you prepare for continued drought conditions as well as the upcoming fire season.

Please contact Britt.Parker@noaa.gov if you have any questions.

U.S. Drought Monitor map of the Pacific Northwest, valid August 17, 2021. Most of the region is experiencing abnormally dry or drought conditions.
U.S Drought Monitor map of the Pacific Northwest as of August 17, 2021. 

Report Drought Impacts Through the Condition Monitoring Observer Reports (CMOR) System

The National Drought Mitigation Center, National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS), and the U.S. Department of Agriculture Climate Hubs are working with states, tribes, and others across the country to collect Condition Monitoring Observer Reports on Drought (CMOR-Drought), including photos. Your impact reports help us understand how drought is affecting local conditions and you! State officials and U.S. Drought Monitor authors review these reports to help verify what indicators are showing and to identify areas that need more attention. You can also check drought impact reports for your area. 

New this year, access the CMOR-Drought system on your mobile device! 

For information on reporting drought impacts, please visit the following resources:

Regional Resources

Oregon Resources

Idaho Resources

Washington Resources

Key Partners

NIDIS would like to thank the following partners for their contributions to this list of resources for the Pacific Northwest Drought Early Warning System.

Logos of partners who contributed to this list of Pacific Northwest drought resources (written out above).