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Development of Prototype National Water Model Soil Moisture Products for Drought Monitoring

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NOAA’s National Water Model (NWM) predicts hydrologic information relevant to drought monitoring and forecasts at very high resolutions. Research is exploring how to use state-of-the-art NWM short-term forecasts of current hydrologic conditions as a proxy to monitor drought conditions. An experimental soil moisture drought monitoring capability is now being prototyped based on hourly, best available, quality-controlled NWM output. This experimental product is being evaluated as a resource to inform and enhance NOAA Climate Prediction Center (CPC) drought monitoring and outlooks in support of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). 

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