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U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook

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NOAA National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Prediction Center (CPC)

Climate outlooks describe the chances that conditions will be below-normal, near-normal, or above-normal for the outlook period indicated. The U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook is issued at the end of each calendar month and is valid for the upcoming month. The outlook predicts whether drought will emerge, persist, improve, or be removed over the next 30 days or so.

Where do these data come from?

Climate scientists base future climate outlooks on current patterns in the ocean and atmosphere. They examine projections from climate and weather models and consider recent trends. They also check historical records to see how much precipitation fell when patterns were similar in the past.

Interactive Map: U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook

How to

What can I do with these data?

  • Check the chances for future conditions.
  • Compare average observed conditions with previous outlooks.

How do I use the site?

  • Roll your cursor over the names/labels of outlook products to view the maps.
  • Click any label to see a larger view of the image.


Mapping Tool: The home page for National Weather Service's Climate Prediction Center.

U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook: Current U.S. monthly outlook map and assessment.

U.S. Drought Outlook Email Alerts: Sign up to receive emails from when the Climate Prediction Center releases its monthly and seasonal U.S. drought outlooks.


The Climate Prediction Center publishes temperature and precipitation outlook maps for four different future periods: 6 to 10 days, 8 to 14 days, 1 month, and 3 months. The site also publishes maps showing Hazard Outlooks, Drought Status, and Monthly and Seasonal Drought Outlooks.

U.S. Drought Outlook Information