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As of early May, the most severe snow drought conditions remain in the northern Rocky Mountains and Washington, where snowpack at many lower elevation sites melted one to four weeks early.


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
% of U.S.
13.0
7.0
2.9
0.6
0.1
10.5
Drought Outlook Category
% of U.S.
10.0
0.3
1.4
8.8

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Drought management in the U.S. hinges on the quality of our drought monitoring, which is a challenge in a changing climate. The United States Drought Monitor (USDM), a key tool for identifying and categorizing droughts since 2000, uses different categories to describe the intensity of droughts, such as “moderate,” “severe,” or “extreme.” These categories help decision-makers understand how bad a
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From worsening water quality to respiratory and mental health impacts, drought can have profound and widespread impacts on the health of communities across the nation. To better prepare health professionals for responding to the health effects of drought, a research team from the University of Nebraska Medical Center’s College of Public Health recently released a new guide, Drought and
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Over the past few decades, drought duration and severity have increased significantly, resulting in over $80 million in agricultural relief across the Hawaiian Islands (Frazier et al., 2022). During drought, ranchers face significant challenges associated with the loss of pasture and forage resources, such as increased costs for supplemental feed, increased cattle mortality, and reduced