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Follow NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) at @NOAADrought for drought news, current conditions, and outlooks.

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

U.S. Drought Monitor Category
Value Map Hex Color % of U.S. Description
D0 - Abnormally Dry #ffff00 21.2 Abnormally Dry Abnormally Dry (D0) indicates a region that is going into or coming out of drought. 
D1 - Moderate Drought #fcd37f 11.6 Moderate Drought Moderate Drought (D1) is the first of four drought categories (D1–D4), according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
D2 - Severe Drought #ffaa00 5.3 Severe Drought Severe Drought (D2) is the second of four drought categories (D1–D4), according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
D3 - Extreme Drought #e60000 1.1 Extreme Drought Extreme Drought (D3) is the third of four drought categories (D1–D4), according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
D4 - Exceptional Drought #730000 0.1 Exceptional Drought Exceptional Drought (D4) is the most intense drought category, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Total Area in Drought (D1–D4) dmtotal 18.1 Total Area in Drought (D1–D4) Percent area of the 50 U.S. states and Puerto Rico that is currently in drought (D1–D4), according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Drought Outlook Category
Value Map Hex Color % of U.S.
Drought persists #9b634a 0.0
Drought remains but improves #ded2bc 0.0
Drought removal likely #b2ad69 0.0
Drought development likely #ffde63 0.0

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NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) recently launched an Instagram account. Instagram users can follow NIDIS at @NOAADrought to get the latest current news, conditions, and outlooks wherever they are. Follow us to stay up to date on drought in your region and beyond. NIDIS’s social media is part of our broader effort to provide the best available information to
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To understand fire risk and provide warnings for floods, Alabama natural resource managers are looking to data buried in the soil. Data collected from a growing network of soil moisture sensors are helping forest managers in Alabama determine if they can safely conduct prescribed burns and flood managers enhance flood warning systems. In August 2023, the Alabama Forestry Commission called