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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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November 16, 2023

Amid Insufficient Precipitation, Drought and Dryness Expanded in Western New York.

November 7, 2023

Drought has steadily expanded and intensified across the Southeast with impacts to soils, agriculture, fire risk, and water resources. 

Dry conditions are expected to persist for much of early November, with some relief by late-November. Drought is anticipated to improve as we transition into an El Niño winter, which typically brings wetter-than-normal conditions.

November 2, 2023

Beneficial rains this past month provided significant relief to drought on the islands, in particular across the U.S. Virgin Islands. 

Current drought conditions on the islands are expected to improve and/or be eliminated by the end of January.

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October 27, 2023

Drought Persists in Western New York; No Drought in New England as We Approach Winter.

October 26, 2023

A Soggy End to October + El Niño Winter: Drought Is Expected to Improve, but Remain


October 19, 2023

Drought Persists Across the Midwest, Contributing to Record-Low Water Levels on the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers