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Dry grasses growing along the water. Drought impacts waterways like the Mississippi River.
Drought conditions continue to impact the Lower Mississippi River Basin. On November 18, NIDIS and partners hosted a special webinar to raise awareness of the impacts on communities and sectors due to the current low river levels. A webinar summary and video recording are available now.

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 68.3
D1 - Moderate Drought #ffcc99 49.5
D2 - Severe Drought #ff6600 27.6
D3 - Extreme Drought #ff0000 11.7
D4 - Exceptional Drought #660000 2.4
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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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
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NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) has announced a total annual award of $5.7 million to support 11 new, innovative, and impactful projects that will improve our nation’s resilience at a critical time in the fight against the drought crisis. The projects will focus on ecological drought and building tribal drought resilience. NIDIS is funding seven new 2-year
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This fall, NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) continues its partnership working with early-career scientists and university students with the NASA DEVELOP Program. This nationwide program uses NASA Earth observations to address diverse environmental issues impacting communities. At the DEVELOP location at NCEI, participants work on projects that focus primarily on