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National Current Conditions

June 22, 2022 - June 28, 2022

The North American Monsoon brought big drought improvements to the Southwest this week, especially New Mexico. However, flash drought is impacting parts of the Midwest, South, and Southeast—where abnormal dryness (D0) is widespread, with pockets of drought. Alaska has also been warm and dry, with huge wildfires. As of June 28, 2022, 42.53% of the U.S. and 47.73% of the lower 48 states are in drought.

42.53%

of the U.S. and 47.73% of the lower 48 states are in drought this week.

up
6.8%
since last week
up
0.3%
since last month
168.7 Million

acres of crops in U.S. are experiencing drought conditions this week.

same
0.0%
since last week
down
1.5%
since last month
109.1 Million

people in the U.S. and 105.0 Million in the lower 48 states are affected by drought this week.

up
15.7%
since last week
up
22.1%
since last month
37

U.S. states are experiencing Moderate Drought (D1) or worse this week.

up
4 states
since last week
up
9 states
since last month

U.S. Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country, which uses a five-category system, from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to Exceptional Drought (D4).

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a joint effort of the National Drought Mitigation Center, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Learn more.

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country using a five-category system, from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to Exceptional Drought (D4).

The USDM Change Map shows where drought has improved, remained the same, or worsened since the previous week's Drought Monitor. Learn more.

U.S. Drought Monitor Categories
Value Map Hex Color
D0 - Abnormally Dry #ffff00
D1 - Moderate Drought #ffcc99
D2 - Severe Drought #ff6600
D3 - Extreme Drought #ff0000
D4 - Exceptional Drought #660000
Classes Drought Has Degraded/Improved Since Last Week
Value Map Hex Color
-3 #ff9900
-2 #ffd438
-1 #ffff73
Value Map Hex Color
0 #cccccc
+1 #cdffd4
+2 #8ad48c

Precipitation Conditions

The current precipitation conditions show the precipitation accumulation for the last 7 days using the gridMET and NLDAS precipitation datasets. The last 30- and 60-day percentages of normal precipitation are also available, which show the difference of the last 30 or 60 days from the usual conditions for the same time period averaged from 1991–2020.

Precipitation data are updated daily, with a delay of 3 to 4 days. Learn more.

The current precipitation conditions show the precipitation accumulation for the last 7 days using the gridMET and NLDAS precipitation datasets. The last 30- and 60-day percentages of normal precipitation are also available, which show the difference of the last 30 or 60 days from the usual conditions for the same time period averaged from 1991–2020.

Precipitation data are updated daily, with a delay of 3 to 4 days. Learn more.

The current precipitation conditions show the precipitation accumulation for the last 7 days using the gridMET and NLDAS precipitation datasets. The last 30- and 60-day percentages of normal precipitation are also available, which show the difference of the last 30 or 60 days from the usual conditions for the same time period averaged from 1991–2020. 

Precipitation data are updated daily, with a delay of 3 to 4 days. Learn more.

Inches of Precipitation
Range Map Hex Color
0 - 0.01 #ffffff
0.01 - 0.5 #ffffcc
0.5 - 1 #c7e9b4
1 - 2 #7fcdbb
Range Map Hex Color
2 - 4 #41b6c4
4 - 6 #1d91c0
6 - 8 #225ea8
8 - #0c2c84
Percent of Normal Precipitation (%)
Range Map Hex Color
0% - 25% #8c510a
25% - 50% #bf812d
50% - 75% #dfc27d
75% - 100% #f6e8c3
Range Map Hex Color
100% - 150% #c7eae5
150% - 200% #80cdc1
200% - 300% #35978f
300% - #01665e
Percent of Normal Precipitation (%)
Range Map Hex Color
0% - 25% #8c510a
25% - 50% #bf812d
50% - 75% #dfc27d
75% - 100% #f6e8c3
Range Map Hex Color
100% - 150% #c7eae5
150% - 200% #80cdc1
200% - 300% #35978f
300% - #01665e

Temperature Conditions

The current temperature conditions show the average mean daily temperature for the last 7 days using the gridMET and PRISM temperature datasets.

The last 7- and 30-day departures from normal temperature are also available, which show the difference of the last 7 or 30 days from the usual conditions for the same time period averaged from 1991–2020. 

Temperature data are updated daily, with a delay of 3 to 4 days. Learn more.

The current temperature conditions show the average mean daily temperature for the last 7 days using the gridMET and PRISM temperature datasets.

The last 7- and 30-day departures from normal temperature are also available, which show the difference of the last 7 or 30 days from the usual conditions for the same time period averaged from 1991–2020. 

Temperature data are updated daily, with a delay of 3 to 4 days. Learn more.

The current temperature conditions show the average mean daily temperature for the last 7 days using the gridMET and PRISM temperature datasets.

The last 7- and 30-day departures from normal temperature are also available, which show the difference of the last 7 or 30 days from the usual conditions for the same time period averaged from 1991–2020.

Temperature data are updated daily, with a delay of 3 to 4 days. Learn more.

Mean Temperature (°F)
Range Map Hex Color
- 0 #05346c
0 - 10 #216cac
10 - 20 #4393c3
20 - 30 #92c5de
30 - 40 #d1e5f0
40 - 60 #ffffff
Range Map Hex Color
60 - 70 #fddbc7
70 - 80 #f4a582
80 - 90 #d6604d
90 - 100 #b2182b
100 - #69012c
Departure from Normal Temperature (°F)
Range Map Hex Color
- -8 #0404ff
-8 - -6 #2166ac
-6 - -4 #4393c3
-4 - -3 #92c5de
-3 - -1 #d1e5f0
-1 - 0 #ffffff
Range Map Hex Color
0 - 1 #ffffff
1 - 3 #fddbc7
3 - 4 #f4a582
4 - 6 #d6604d
6 - 8 #b2182b
8 - #800000
Departure from Normal Temperature (°F)
Range Map Hex Color
- -8 #0404ff
-8 - -6 #2166ac
-6 - -4 #4393c3
-4 - -3 #92c5de
-3 - -1 #d1e5f0
-1 - 0 #ffffff
Range Map Hex Color
0 - 1 #ffffff
1 - 3 #fddbc7
3 - 4 #f4a582
4 - 6 #d6604d
6 - 8 #b2182b
8 - #800000

Drought Indicator Blends

These experimental drought blends integrate several key drought monitoring products and indices into a single short-term or long-term product, based on the methodology developed at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center. The blends are created using the Climate Engine tool, and apply the CPC weighting ratios to the high-resolution gridMET gridded research dataset. The short-term blend combines PDSI, Z-Index, 1-month SPI, and 3-month SPI to estimate the overall short-term drought. This product is an example of current NIDIS-funded research

The data is updated every 5 days, with a delay of 4 to 5 days to allow for data collection and quality control. Learn more.

These experimental drought blends integrate several key drought monitoring products and indices into a single short-term or long-term product, based on the methodology developed at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center. The blends are created using the Climate Engine tool, and apply the CPC weighting ratios to the high-resolution gridMET gridded research dataset. The long-term blend combines PDSI, Z-Index, and 6-month, 1-year, 2-year, and 5-year SPI to estimate the overall long-term drought. This product is an example of current NIDIS-funded research

The data is updated every 5 days, with a delay of 4 to 5 days to allow for data collection and quality control. Learn more.

Dry Conditions
Value Map Hex Color
0-2 (D4) #6a110a
2-5 (D3) #d52c1f
5-10 (D2) #f4ac3d
10-20 (D1) #f7d38b
20-30 (D0) #fffd54
Wet Conditions
Value Map Hex Color
70-80 (W0) #befb70
80-90 (W1) #71fbfd
90-95 (W2) #43a9f8
95-98 (W3) #0022f5
98-100 (W4) #0013a3
Experimental Experimental

Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI)

This new experimental implementation of the Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI) uses the high-resolution gridMET gridded research dataset and USDA STATSGO soils data. The PDSI is a standardized index based on a simplified soil water balance and estimates relative soil moisture conditions. The magnitude of PDSI indicates the severity of the departure from normal conditions. A PDSI value >4 represents very wet conditions, while a PDSI <-4 represents an extreme drought. This PDSI uses a new methodology for sub-monthly PDSI. 

PDSI data are updated every 5 days, with a delay of 4 to 5 days. Learn more.

Dry Conditions (Relative)
Range Map Hex Color
- -5 #730000
-5 - -4 #e60000
-4 - -3 #ffaa00
-3 - -2 #fcd37f
-2 - -1 #ffff00
Wet Conditions (Relative)
Range Map Hex Color
1 - 2 #aaff55
2 - 3 #01ffff
3 - 4 #00aaff
4 - 5 #00f
5 - #00a
Experimental

Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI)

The Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) is an experimental drought monitoring tool that can serve as an indicator of both rapidly evolving "flash" droughts and sustained droughts. It examines how anomalous the atmospheric evaporative demand (E0; also known as "the thirst of the atmosphere") is for a given location and across a time period of interest. EDDI can offer early warning of agricultural drought, hydrologic drought, and fire-weather risk.

EDDI data is updated daily. Learn more.

The Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) is an experimental drought monitoring tool that can serve as an indicator of both rapidly evolving "flash" droughts and sustained droughts. It examines how anomalous the atmospheric evaporative demand (E0; also known as "the thirst of the atmosphere") is for a given location and across a time period of interest. EDDI can offer early warning of agricultural drought, hydrologic drought, and fire-weather risk.

EDDI data is updated daily. Learn more.

Drought Categories
Value Map Hex Color
ED4 #730000
ED3 #e60000
ED2 #ffaa00
ED1 #ffd37f
ED0 #ffff00
Wetness Categories
Value Map Hex Color
EW0 #8ccdef
EW1 #00bfff
EW2 #1d90ff
EW3 #4169e1
EW4 #0000ff
Experimental Experimental
Report Impacts

Tell us how drought is impacting your community by submitting a condition monitoring report. Your submissions help us better understand how drought is affecting local conditions.