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Extreme and exceptional drought conditions to continue in the Intermountain West for the third summer in a row, with record low water levels at Lake Powell and the largest recorded wildfire in New Mexico history. Learn more in the May 23 drought status update.

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 53.3
D1 - Moderate Drought #ffcc99 42.3
D2 - Severe Drought #ff6600 32.7
D3 - Extreme Drought #ff0000 17.5
D4 - Exceptional Drought #660000 5.0
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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In the western U.S., the impacts of drought conditions in the 21st century are increasingly evident as extended fire seasons, dwindling water supplies, and widespread tree mortality are becoming more common occurrences. Fundamentally, drought is a shortage of water that is driven by an imbalance between supply and demand. From a meteorological perspective, periods of low precipitation (i.e., the
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The NASA DEVELOP team at NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) is hard at work using satellite data to study seasonal water variability in the Midwest. NASA DEVELOP is a nationwide program that utilizes NASA Earth observations to address diverse environmental issues impacting communities. With NCEI, early-career scientists and university students work on projects that
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The Apalachicola, Chattahoochee, and Flint (ACF) Rivers, along with the Apalachicola Bay, link the people and natural systems of Alabama, Florida, and Georgia. Balancing the water needs between three states and various sectors creates complex water management challenges, which are further intensified during times of drought.  In response to a request by regional stakeholders, and in close