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Understanding drought-related impacts is critical for monitoring and responding to drought. To manage drought, you have to monitor impacts, and understand vulnerabilities or the consequences of those impacts.

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The DIR is an interactive database of drought impacts in the U.S., by location, date, type, and cost, built from stakeholder, government, media and other reports.
static California map illustrating water restrictions
Go to link for interactive map showing current water restrictions.
Interactive map shows results of 2012-2015 aerial tree-mortality surveys: numbers of dead trees per acre, high hazard zones, asset locations and more information related to drought-caused tree mortality and subsequent bark beetle infestations.
US map shows areas where corn is raised and where drought is affecting those areas
The USDA produces monthly maps and charts showing locations and percentages of drought-affected areas which produce corn, soybeans, hay, cattle, and winter wheat. (Sample image; click for current.)
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Map shows counties declared primary (red) or contiguous (orange) disaster counties, where producers may be eligible for emergency aid.
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Current and three-month outlooks from Predictive Services, National Interagency Fire Center.
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CoCoRaHS (the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail and Snow Network) is a community-based network of volunteers who measure and map precipitation, to provide data for resource, education and research applications. Find your state in the CoCoRaHS network.
sample Outlook document
NOAA and its partners publish regional statements each quarter, summarizing weather highlights, anomalies and impacts for the past season and predictions for the upcoming season. You can find the most recent Outlooks here, or use the Document Search, applying the title "Quarterly."