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Colorado River with low water levels due to drought.
A series of 9 atmospheric rivers brought significant amounts of rain, snow, and wind to California and other parts of the West over a 3-week period. Read this Special Edition Drought Status Update to learn more about what this means for drought in the West.

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 51.5
D1 - Moderate Drought #ffcc99 35.6
D2 - Severe Drought #ff6600 17.8
D3 - Extreme Drought #ff0000 6.2
D4 - Exceptional Drought #660000 1.5
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’s 103rd annual meeting is quickly approaching. The meeting, which will be held on January 8–12, 2023, in Denver, Colorado, will focus on the theme, "Data: Driving Science. Informing Decisions. Enriching Humanity.” The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) is excited to co-chair several town halls and oral/poster sessions, which cover topics
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It’s hard to overstate how crucial this snow season is for the western United States. Regions such as the West that receive a great deal of their precipitation in the form of snow face a number of challenges when snow droughts occur, including shrinking water supplies. And western water supplies are truly shrinking as some states are facing their second or third drought year in a row and a large
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Key Findings Megadroughts are persistent, multi-year drought events that stand out as especially extreme in terms of severity, duration, or spatial extent when compared to other droughts of the last two thousand years Megadroughts have occurred on every continent outside of Antarctica, often causing major disturbances to ecosystems (e.g., forests in the Southwest U.S.) and societies (e.g