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New tools help visualize the future of drought

US map shows High Plains, Southeast with very low likelihood

If we don’t get any rain for the rest of the month, what are the chances the drought will get better? The Drought Termination and Amelioration tools can help you see what’s possible – and what’s likely.Read the article

Regional outlooks summarize drought conditions, impacts, what's ahead

first page of outlook document for Southeast


Read the latest regional reports on climate and drought impacts, with an overview of forecast conditions for the first half of 2017. Read the article

Forecast Rodeo in full swing

Bureau of Reclamation poster announcing, "Saddle up for the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecasting Rodeo!"

Eight teams are vying for up to $800,000 in prizes by demonstrating their sub-seasonal forecasting skill in this real-time competition.Read the article

Highlighting drought's effects on agriculture

US map shows milk cow production areas experiencing drought

New website offers information on areas where drought is impacting crops and livestock. Maps, data tables, time series graphs and animations appear weekly, a collaboration of the USDA and NDMC.Read the article

Outlook through summer: U.S. mostly drought-free

Map of US shows drought lingering in SoCal, sw AZ, GA, parts of SC, HI; otherwise greatly improved!

The Climate Prediction Center’ Seasonal Outlook shows significant improvement in the nation’s drought conditions through August 31.Read the article

Drought at a glance in the Intermountain West

map of Wyomnig, Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and New Mexico shows scattered abnormal dryness (D0) and moderate drought in central Colorado, southern Arizona and southwestern New Mexico

What’s up with drought in Colorado, Utah, Wyoming, Arizona and New Mexico? The Colorado Climate Center provides weekly updates, and biweekly webinars.Read the article