Skip to main content
U.S. flag

An official website of the United States government

Close up of a row of wheat crops
Drought can have significant impacts on agricultural communities, but there is a limited understanding of how drought affects occupational stress in farm owners and operators. To address this problem, NIDIS co-funded a study to examine the relationship between drought conditions and job-related stress in farmers.

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. 

Learn More

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.

Learn More

U.S. Drought Monitor Category

% of U.S.
The color with the hex code #ffff00 identifies:
D0 - Abnormally Dry
51.6
The color with the hex code #ffcc99 identifies:
D1 - Moderate Drought
38.8
The color with the hex code #ff6600 identifies:
D2 - Severe Drought
28.1
The color with the hex code #ff0000 identifies:
D3 - Extreme Drought
17.3
The color with the hex code #660000 identifies:
D4 - Exceptional Drought
5.6

Drought Outlook Category

% of U.S.
The color with the hex code #9b634a identifies:
Drought persists
32.1
The color with the hex code #ded2bc identifies:
Drought remains but improves
2.2
The color with the hex code #b2ad69 identifies:
Drought removal likely
5.3
The color with the hex code #ffde63 identifies:
Drought development likely
8.9
News
Site Section
News & Events
NASA DEVELOP addresses environmental and public policy issues through research projects that apply the lens of NASA Earth observations to community concerns. These projects provide students and recent graduates the opportunity to both engage in research and improve in the communication of their research.  NIDIS has been involved with the NASA DEVELOP program hosted at NOAA's National
Site Section
News & Events
Drought represents a globally relevant natural disaster linked to adverse health. But while evidence has shown agricultural communities to be particularly susceptible to drought, there is a limited understanding of how drought may impact occupational stress in farmers. To address this problem, NIDIS co-funded a study to examine the relationship between drought conditions and measures of job-
Site Section
News & Events
Since early 2020, the Southwest United States has suffered record low precipitation and near-record high temperatures, gripping the region with an unyielding, unprecedented, and costly drought. This exceptional drought—marked by massive water shortages, destructive wildfires, emergency declarations, and the first ever water delivery shortfall among the states sharing the Colorado River—punctuates