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Nevada Drought Early Warning System

Drought in Nevada is a common occurrence that can last for multiple years. The regional climate is characterized by a distinct dry season (approximately May to September) and wet season (October - April) defined by a few large precipitation events. Additional peaks in precipitation can occur, such as summer precipitation in southern Nevada due to the North American monsoon. Given the extreme variability, both spatially and temporally, efficiently using and effectively managing finite water resources is a high priority. Based on the many connections the two states share with respect to geography, climate, water, and drought, a joint CA-NV DEWS was developed to support enhanced drought early warning across the region and to build out NIDIS’s national drought early warning system.

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U.S. Drought Monitor - Nevada DEWS

U.S. Drought Monitor - Nevada DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Nevada DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
6/02/2020
16.61%83.39%65.23%17.48%0.00%0.00%
Last Week
5/26/2020
16.61%83.39%65.23%17.48%0.00%0.00%
Three Months Ago
3/03/2020
35.84%64.16%7.13%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
12/31/2019
98.08%1.92%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%
One Year Ago
6/04/2019
100.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%0.00%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
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