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About Drought Status Updates: NIDIS and partners issue drought status updates to communicate a potential area of concern for drought expansion and/or development, based on recent conditions and the upcoming forecast.
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May 14, 2021

Rain relief: How long will it last?

For more details, see the Northeast Drought Early Warning System Dashboard.

May 13, 2021

Combined poor peak snowpack and/or rapid spring melt rates lead to western drought expansion and degradation.

May 13, 2021

Drought continues to worsen in the Pacific Northwest.

May 11, 2021

Next month’s Southeast Monthly Climate Webinar is on Tuesday, June 8 at 10 a.m. Eastern, with a special presentation on the 2021 Hurricane Outlook. Register here for upcoming webinars.

May 10, 2021

Widespread drought conditions and associated impacts likely to persist this summer.

This drought status update summarizes key points from the May 7 Northern Plains Drought Update and Outlook Webinar, which provided an update on and outlook for the ongoing drought conditions across portions of the Northern Great Plains. 

May 7, 2021

Abnormally dry to severe drought conditions continue to prevail across the islands. Eight consecutive weeks of severe drought conditions in the U.S. Virgin Islands for St. John and St. Thomas will trigger the USDA Farm Service Agency Livestock Forage Disaster Program and a USDA Secretarial Drought Declaration. Isolated areas of beneficial rains have occurred in the Luquillo Mountains and across western Puerto Rico. However, extended forecasts call for near normal to below normal rainfall to be more likely than not through July.