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U.S. Drought Monitor

US Drought Monitor image provided by the National Drought Mitigation Center

Weekly US Drought Monitor image provided by the National Drought Mitigation Center

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly map based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions as well as reported impacts and observations from more than 350 contributors around the U.S. Click here for more information.

U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook

Seasonal Drought Outlook from the Climate Prediction Center

Seasonal Drought Outlook from the Climate prediction Center

The Climate Prediction Center, part of the National Weather Service, publishes this outlook on the third Thursday of each month.
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Drought Impacts Report

Drought Impacts Reporter map from the National Drought Mitigation Center

Drought Impacts Reporter map from the National Drought Mitigation Center

The National Drought Mitigation Center developed this database of drought impacts, which can be searched by location, type of impact, time period and more.
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Wildfire Risks

Monthly national fire prediction map

Monthly national fire prediction map

The National Interagency Coordination Center in Boise, Idaho, produces these maps monthly.
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NIDIS in Your Region

NIDIS Regional Drought Early Warning Regions

NIDIS Drought Early Warning Regions

NIDIS coordinates Drought Early Warning Systems (DEWS) in many regions of the U.S. Through DEWS, stakeholders explore and demonstrate a range of early warning and drought risk reduction strategies. Click here for more information.

As of Aug. 17-23, 2016, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:

16.3%

of the US and 19.4% of the lower 48 states.

91.5 million

people in the U.S. and 91.3 in the lower 48 states.


An active weather pattern across the central and eastern U.S. led to more drought reduction than introduction, although pesky dryness and hot conditions spurred some expansion of dryness and drought in the southern Atlantic states. Heavy rain soaked the western Gulf Coast region and delivered spotty drought relief across the interior Southeast.  Pockets of locally heavy rain were also noted across the northern and central Plains, the Midwest, and the Northeast.  Elsewhere, scant rainfall occurred west of the Rockies, except for a few monsoon-related showers in the Southwest.