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News Items from January 2020

The High Cost of Drought

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NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) tracks U.S. weather and climate events that have great economic and societal impacts ( Since 1980, the U.S. has sustained 258 weather and climate disasters where the overall damage costs reached or exceeded $1 billion (including adjustments based on the Consumer...Read the article

2019 in Review: A Look Back at Drought across the United States in 10 Maps

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Using data from the 52 weekly U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) maps published during 2019, the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) and National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) generated annual maps to provide a snapshot of drought in the U.S. during the year.Read the article