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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.
Click here for more information. 

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 July 13-19, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:

15.7%

of the US and 18.8% of the lower 48 states.

99.4 million

people in the U.S. and 99.1 in the lower 48 states.


This week’s U.S. Drought Monitor period was characterized by hit-or-miss summer showers across the country, punctuated by extreme heat in the Southern Plains and the Northeast. The heaviest rains fell in southern Minnesota, southwest Iowa, much of Indiana and eastern Illinois, western Kentucky, eastern North Carolina, along the Gulf Coast and Florida.  Below normal precipitation was observed in eastern Texas, northern Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and New England.  Temperatures were abnormally warm in the Southern Plains, soaring well into the triple digits, as much as 10 degrees F above normal. While not as intense, temperatures 6-8 degrees F above normal were observed in the Northeast. Cooler-than-normal temperatures affected much of the Northwest and High Plains.