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Climate Change and “Atmospheric Thirst” to Increase Fire Danger and Drought in Nevada and California

Three firefighters standing in front of the smoke from a wildfire

Since the start of the 21st century, California and Nevada have suffered extreme wildland fires and droughts that have caused devastating impacts to ecosystems and society. A common feature of these events has been very high evaporative demand—the “thirst” of the atmosphere—which has largely been driven by increased air temperatures...Read the article

NIDIS Tribal Drought Engagement Strategy

Report cover page

NIDIS just released its inaugural Tribal Drought Engagement Strategy, which presents guiding principles of tribal engagement, as well as key outcomes and tribal engagement activities for NIDIS and partners to implement in 2021 and beyond. This Strategy was developed by engaging with tribal nations within the Missouri River Basin and Midwest Drought Early Warning...Read the article

Drought Prediction Sensitivity to Land Surface Conditions

Dry wild grasses

Severe droughts are a devastating climate event and are considered one of the costliest natural disasters in the United States. With droughts impacting both ecological and economic sectors, improving the capability to predict the evolution of drought and its severity and frequency more accurately and reliably is crucial for early...Read the article

NIDIS Announces Five New Research Projects

A whiteboard with people showcasing different aspects of research

NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) Program is announcing five new 2-year projects in Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20), through a multi-program collaboration, that aim to improve our understanding and use of drought indicators, thresholds and triggers, and drought impact reporting to inform decision-making to prepare for and respond to...Read the article

Ecological Drought Enters Unfamiliar Territory

A dead crab on a dry, cracked riverbed

Novel forms of drought are emerging globally due to a warming climate, shifting ocean and atmospheric teleconnection patterns, expanding human water use, and a history of human influence on the environment. These droughts are increasing the probability for transformational ecological impacts that cascade to human communities in costly and consequential ways. Developing...Read the article

2020 Drought Update: A Look at Drought Across the United States in 15 Maps

A sampling of maps showing the current state of drought in the United States

This series of maps shows the current state of drought in the United States. Included are the factors that have led to the drought, primarily below average precipitation coupled with high to record-breaking temperatures; impacts such as the wildfires burning across the West; experimental drought indicators like the Evaporative Demand...Read the article

New Soil Moisture Research Results

A cross-section in the soil

Soil moisture is a critical variable and influences the climate system through modification of energy and moisture fluxes of the boundary layer. This in turn affects temperature, humidity, and precipitation. In addition, soil moisture is used as an indicator for agricultural drought, and recent studies have determined soil moisture as...Read the article

New Report on Drought and Outdoor Recreation

People white water rafting on the Clear Creek River in Colorado. Photo credit:  Phillip Rubino

Outdoor recreation is a major contributor to the Intermountain West’s economy, but the future viability of many businesses—particularly small businesses—in the industry is threatened by their drought vulnerabilities and the region’s projected increases in drought severity and frequency. In 2019, NIDIS partnered with the University of Colorado’s Masters of the Environment Graduate Program...Read the article

NIDIS Highlights 2019 Achievements in First Ever Annual Report

2019 NIDIS Annual Report cover

We are excited to release our first Annual Report of the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) to provide insight into the many accomplishments of the program over the previous year and the opportunities that lie ahead.
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2020 U.S. Fire Outlook

With most of the Western United States experiencing drought or dryness, this summer has the potential to be an especially challenging wildland fire year. Bryan Henry, Meteorologist with the National Interagency Fire Center, recently provided the 2020 U.S. Fire Season Outlook in a presentation for the May NIDIS CA/NV DEWS...Read the article

Addressing Challenges in Effective Red Flag Warning

Image of the Red Flag Warning document that issues alerts to ongoing or imminent critical fire weather

A Red Flag Warning (RFW) is a term that has been used since the 1960s by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) National Weather Service (NWS) fire weather forecasters to alert forecast users to an ongoing or imminent critical fire weather pattern...Read the article

New Research on Conservation During Drought

Picture of dry earth and a hand making a heart with water

The Alliance for Water Efficiency has released a new research study on municipal drought response and water demand. The report, Use and Effectiveness of Municipal Irrigation Restrictions During Drought, explores how drought response measures have been implemented and how water demand reductions have been achieved across different water suppliers in...Read the article

The High Cost of Drought

Billion dollar disaster story thumbnail showing a billion dollar medal with mudcracks in the background

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

Thumbnail displays the 2019 cumulative drought index values for the CONUS

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

Highlights From Drought and Outdoor Recreation Seminar

Ski lift running over sparse snow cover

NIDIS, in partnership with the University of Colorado's Master of the Environment Graduate Program, hosted a seminar on November 19 to explore the effects of uncertain snowpack levels, streamflows, and warming temperatures on outdoor recreation businesses with a focus on snow- and water-based activities (skiing, fishing, rafting, etc.).
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What Does Flash Drought Look Like in Your Region?

Image of dry river bed

Flash drought can quickly deplete soil moisture and dramatically increase evaporative stress on the environment, leading to significant impacts on agriculture. A recently completed study, led by researchers from the University of Oklahoma and published in the journal Environmental Research Communications, performed a regional analysis across the United States...Read the article

Colorado River Drought Contingency Planning

Colorado River Basin

On March 19, 2019, the Governor’s representatives of the seven Colorado River Basin States and key water districts formally submitted Drought Contingency Plans to Congress for immediate implementation in order to reduce the risk of Lake Powell and Lake Mead declining to critically low levels.Read the article

Drought Contingency Planning Grants Funding Opportunity

Funding Opportunity

The Bureau of Reclamation's FY 2020/2021 WaterSMART Drought Response Program: Drought Contingency Planning Grants Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA) is now available on  Applications are accepted through Wednesday February 5, 2020 at 4pm MST for FY20 funding.Read the article

Southeast Drought Status Update - October 2019

Thumbnail of the Southeast region of the United States Drought Monitor showing patches of red, orange, and yellow in the region.

As of October 17, 2019, the Southeast is experiencing a ‘Flash Drought’. Drought conditions increased throughout the month of September due to extreme dryness and warmer than average temperatures for most of the region. The exceptions include the eastern Carolinas and southern Florida, which were impacted by Hurricane Dorian.Read the article

Forecast-informed Reservoir Operations (FIRO): Overcoming Barriers and Realizing Benefits

Dry reservoir in Texas

The University of Texas-Arlington, Texas Water Development Board, and NIDIS hosted an interactive workshop on September 12-13 in Arlington, Texas, to learn how NOAA forecasts have been applied in decision-support tools for water management in different states and discuss what steps are needed to integrate NOAA forecasts in reservoir...Read the article

Predicting Flash Drought

Image showing green grass on one side and a brown field on the other

Flash drought has recently developed in the Mid-Atlantic and Southeast regions. The prediction of flash droughts on subseasonal timescales is of critical importance for impact assessment, disaster mitigation, and loss prevention.Read the article

Have You Thought About Drought?

Headshot of David LaFrance

One thing that became very clear to David LaFrance at National Drought Forum: even if you think you know about drought, there is still more to learn.Read the article

How Drought Prone is Your State? A Look at the Top States and Counties in Drought Over the Last Two Decades

Map displays counties that have experienced D3 drought from 2000-2019

Just as there are climatologically wetter areas and drier areas across the country, the same could be said about the occurrence, frequency, and severity of drought. This article examines the most drought prone states and counties in the United States in the last 20 years and why some areas more vulnerable...Read the article

Drought Stories from Hawai‘i: A Workshop on Drought Recovery

Participants of NOAA's National Integrated Drought Information System workshop on Drought Recovery in Hawai‘i

Over 30 participants from 18 different organizations gathered at the East-West Center on Tuesday July 23 for the NOAA’s National Integrated Drought Information System workshop on Drought Recovery in Hawai‘i.Read the article

Highlights From the 2nd National Drought Forum

Second National Drought Forum Meeting

The 2nd National Drought Forum, held July 30-31 in Washington DC, convened high-level drought experts and decision-makers from drought-impacted regions and economic sectors of the country, along with the private sector, research institutions, and officials across all levels of government to discuss priority actions around drought early warning, long-term...Read the article

AWWA Manual on Drought Preparedness and Response

AWWA M60 Manual Cover

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) has published the second edition of the M60 manual, Drought Preparedness and Response, to help water managers facing water shortages. The manual illustrates how to employ tried-and-true strategies and tactics of drought mitigation, as well as introducing new tools and methods.
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NIDIS Summit Connects Drought and Public Health

Participants brainstorm ideas at the Summit Workshop.

Over the last century, droughts have caused more deaths internationally than any other weather- or climate-related disaster. Droughts in the United States, however, are generally not thought of as public health threats. The National Drought and Public Health Summit, held June 17‒19, 2019 in Atlanta, brought together a diverse...Read the article

Year in Review: A Look Back at Drought across the United States in 2018

Thumbnail of a map showing the number of weeks a location had in drought in 2018.

Using data from the 52 weekly U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) maps published during 2018, the 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

Arizona is Free of Short-term Drought Impacts After Almost 10 years

U.S. Drought Monitor for June 11, 2019 showing Arizona as free of short-term drought with only the top north east corner of the state with abnormally dry conditions.

Longest duration of drought ends in Arizona this week with the release of the June 11, 2019 U.S. Drought Monitor. Arizona was previously in the midst of their longest duration of drought since the start of the United States Drought Monitor (USDM) in 2000.Read the article

Flash Drought: New Reports Examine the 2017 Northern Plains Drought

Photo of a dry corn field

The 2017 Northern Plains drought sparked wildfires, destroyed livestock, and reduced agricultural production. Neither the drought’s swift onset nor its severity were forecast. In May 2017, the region was mostly drought-free and at least average summer precipitation was forecast.Read the article

NIDIS Partners with the University of Colorado to Enhance Tribal Engagement and Understand Drought Impacts on Outdoor Recreation

Whitewater rafters battling rapids

NIDIS and the University of Colorado-Boulder Masters of the Environment Program are teaming up on two drought-related research projects.Read the article

Improving Fire Risk Management With Drought Early Warning Information in California and Nevada

Silhouettes of firefighters carrying a hose up a dry hillside.

California and Nevada’s climate and weather patterns create fire-prone environments for many wildland–urban interface communities, highlighting the value in understanding the relationships between drought and wildfire. More specifically, information is needed on how drought indices are related to fire danger outputs that are commonly used in fire management.Read the article

NASA DEVELOP Analyzes Drought Impacts on Urban Tree Recovery in Texas

Sample of NASA DEVELOP Texas Water Resources Project Imagery

To investigate if satellite data can be used instead to provide estimates on how urban trees respond to widespread drought, TFS and the U.S. Forest Service Southern Research Station partnered with the NASA DEVELOP program.Read the article

NIDIS Supported Climate Engine showcased at NASA-DRI Navajo Nation Workshop

Climate Engine showcased at NASA-DRI Navajo Nation Workshop

On April 9-10 in Flagstaff, AZ, the Climate Engine team from the Desert Research Institute co-hosted an in-person workshop in collaboration with NASA’s Western Water Applications Office for Navajo Nation Natural Resource Management to help them use Climate Engine, satellite data, and other tools for land management. Lectures and...Read the article

NIDIS-hosted Technical Session at American Water Works Association (AWWA)’s 2019 Sustainable Water Management Conference

Presentation at the American Water Works Association’s Sustainable Water Management Conference

NIDIS served as a technical content partner for the American Water Works Association’s Sustainable Water Management Conference, to bring the technical expertise of NIDIS and our partners to the forefront of America’s water and wastewater utilities sector.Read the article

Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo Winners Announced

Thumbnail sample of a forecast map for the Western United States

Kicked off in March 2017, the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo comprised of a year-long, real-time forecasting competition. The Bureau of Reclamation sponsored the competition in partnership with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), U.S. Geological Survey, and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Read the article

NIDIS Illustrates Transboundary Drought Early Warning Systems in Advancing Sustainability of U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Drylands: Proceedings of a Workshop (2018)

Thumbnail of the Advancing Sustainability of the U.S. Mexico Transboundary Drylands Workshop Report

Elizabeth Weight, NIDIS Drought Information Systems Regional Coordinator, represented NIDIS in the May 2018 workshop “Advancing Sustainability of U.S.-Mexico Transboundary Drylands”. The workshop was organized by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine in collaboration with Las Academias Mexicanas de Ciencias, Ingeniria, y la Academia Nacional de Medicin.Read the article

Visualizing Colorado’s Drought Plan: A Story Map

Screenshot of Colorado Drought Risk Score Map

The Colorado Water Conservation Board (CWCB), part of the state’s Department of Natural Resources, has launched an interactive dashboard that displays drought vulnerability at the state and county level based on Colorado’s 2018 Drought Plan. An Esri Story Map, the platform takes users through visual summaries of...Read the article

NIDIS and Partners Host California Preparing for the Health Effects of Drought Workshop

Photo from the Preparing for the Health Effects of Drought: A Workshop for Public Health Professionals and Partners

On February 4, 2019, the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), NIDIS, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) co-hosted a workshop on Preparing for the Health Effects of Drought: A Workshop for Public Health Professionals and Partners. This workshop was hosted...Read the article

Postponed: 2019 Biennial U.S. Drought Monitor Forum

Western Kentucky University's Knicely Center

The 2019 Biennial U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Forum in Bowling Green, KY, initially scheduled for March 19-21, 2019, will be postponed until later this year (date to be determined).Read the article

New Drought-Specific Toolkit for THIRA Process

2018 Drought THIRA Application Toolkit by a team from the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, the National Drought Mitigation Center, NIDIS, and the High Plains Regional Climate Center

Through the NIDIS-SARP Coping with Drought Initiative, a team from the University of Nebraska Public Policy Center, the National Drought Mitigation Center, and the High Plains Regional Climate Center have completed a project to develop a drought-specific process for FEMA’s Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment (THIRA) risk assessment process.Read the article

Is Drought Slowing Down the Christmas Tree Industry?

Freshly cut Christmas trees in a Christmas tree market

According to recent news reports, the United States has been experiencing a nationwide Christmas tree shortage, along with price hikes as a result of low supplies. However, digging a bit deeper reveals a much more complex story about drought and weather - and about this year’s Christmas trees. Read the article

Weather-Ready Nation Strategic Initiative: Making Communities Ready, Responsive, and Resilient to Extreme Events

NOAA National Weather Service Weather Ready Nation Logo

It is well-known within the weather forecasting community that the United States experiences the most extreme weather events in the world. Tornado outbreaks can shatter communities in the central and southeastern parts of the country. Historical flooding can flip flop with crippling drought. Blizzards can paralyze the entire Northeast.  As...Read the article

Snow Drought Page Live for 2018-2019 Season

Photograph of winter snow clinging to the granite face and peaks of Mount Timpanogos in the Wasatch Front mountains just above Salt Lake City, Utah, USA.

The 2018-2019 water year is now underway, and with all eyes on the developing El Niño, there are many people wondering whether this winter will be any better than last year - particularly for snowpack in the West.Read the article

New: EDDI Forecasts Now Available

A preview of the new EDDI and evaporative demand probability forecast maps, showing October 2018 through March 2019

The Evaporative Demand Drought Index, also known as EDDI, is an experimental drought monitoring and early warning tool that looks for drought using atmospheric evaporative demand (also known as the “thirst of the atmosphere”). With the help of the NOAA-National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI), a team of climate science experts from...Read the article

NIDIS & Fire Community Release Drought & Wildland Fire Nexus Strategic Plan

Cover of the The National Integrated Drought Information System Drought & Wildland Fire Nexus (NDAWN) Strategic Plan

NDAWN - also known as the NIDIS Drought and Wildland Fire Nexus Strategic Plan - is a recently co-produced strategic plan that outlines the complicated relationship between drought and wildland fire behavior, how this relationship affects wildland fire response and management, and what are the gaps in research...Read the article

NIDIS & MRCTI to Study Drought Trade Footprint on the Mississippi River

Image of the Mississippi River with the Mississippi River and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) logo; banner promoting the Quad Cities meeting "The River Runs Through US"

NIDIS, in partnership with the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI), the USDA Office of the Chief Economist, NOAA’s Office of the Chief Economist, the cross-agency National Drought Resilience Partnership (NDRP), and other governmental and sectoral partners, are joining forces to study and quantify drought impacts to the trade...Read the article

Water Balance and Evapotranspiration Spatial Maps - Now Available!

Logo for the Midwest Regional Climate Center

Visit the MRCC’s Midwest Climate Watch Drought page for new Water Balance & Evapotranspiration maps, offered for 1-day, 7-day, 14-day, 30-day, and 60-day totals, and water balance maps are offered for 7-day, 14-day, 30-day, and 60-day totals. Read the article

Drought Recovery in the West: An Engagement to Implementation Success Story

Image of the dessert displaying a cactus in bloom

NIDIS and NOAA’s National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) held the 3rd annual Drought Amelioration Workshop in Phoenix, Arizona: “The Burning Desert: A Workshop on Drought Recovery Tools and Perspectives.” Representatives from Arizona, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Utah met in Phoenix to discuss the challenges of drought and water...Read the article

Dry Times is back - and it has a new look!

NIDIS Dry Times Logo

NIDIS has converted Dry Times, from a bi-annual  printed newsletter, to a more streamlined, email-based format, in an effort to establish and maintain regular and consistent communication with...Read the article

NIDIS & NOAA’s Earth System Research Laboratory Previews 2017 Northern Plains Drought Attribution Study

The covers of four published research summary reports; Northern Plains Drought Assessment, Historical Character of the Northern Plains Drought, 2017 Northern Plains Drought Assessment, Evolution of the 2017 Northern Plains Drought

The Physical Sciences Division (PSD) of the NOAA Earth System Research Laboratory, in partnership with NIDIS, is conducting a year-long study examining the 2017 Northern Plains Drought. As the research for this study has progressed, PSD and NIDIS have issued a series of short summary reports describing the study and...Read the article

CDC Releases ‘Preparing for the Health Effects of Drought: a Resource Guide for Public Health Officials’

Preparing for the Health Effects of Drought: A Resource Guide for Public Health Professionals; CDC, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention National Center for Environmental Health

Although the public health effects of drought can be severe, they are often hard to observe or measure directly, making them easy to overlook. The ...Read the article

Throwback Thursday: Texas Story Map Recalling State's Historic Drought

Evolution of the 2010-2015 Texas Drought: A Story Map

Severe drought once again has come to Texas, bringing with it memories of the state's historic and devastating drought from 2010 to 2015. As folks wait to see what will happen during this year's drought,...Read the article

CISA Publishes Newest Report on Citizen Science Condition Monitoring

New Citizen Science Monitoring Final Report May 2018

A new report published by the Carolinas Integrated Sciences & Assessments (CISA), a NOAA RISA team, summarizes the evaluation results and recommendations for the future of the CoCoRaHS Citizen Science Condition Monitoring project.Read the article

Drought Task Force Publishes NIDIS-MAPP Drought & Temperature Research

Temperature and Drought Report

In an effort to better understand temperature, and its relationship with drought, NOAA’s Modelling, Analysis, Predictions, and Projections (MAPP) Program Drought Task Force teamed up with NIDIS and set out to research how temperature factors...Read the article

NIDIS & MAPP Launch “Story Map” Telling the Story of the Historic California Drought

California Drought: 2011-2017: A Story about the Historic Drought, a partnership of MAPP and NIDIS

NIDIS and MAPP have launched an interactive "Story Map" that visually describes the historic California drought from 2011 to 2017Read the article

Data, Maps, & Resources for Snow Drought now Live on

An image taken at 8,000 feet above sea level in the northern Sierra Nevada Mountains shows very little snow on the ground.

Snow drought driven by above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation across the Western United States prompted the development of a snow drought page on which features data for snowpack, snow water equivalent, stream flow, stream temperatures, and more, in an effort to provide updated, reliable snow drought information...Read the article

NIDIS Hits the Road: Showcasing drought early warning across the country

NIDIS Booth at the National Water Center Showcase

Last week NIDIS was represented coast-to-coast in a series of conferences, symposiums, and stakeholder meetings focused on drought, precipitation, and water. NIDIS staff members were in California, Washington, Oregon, Nebraska, Indiana, Washington, D.C., and Alabama presenting news and updates about NIDIS and drought early warning to a range of stakeholders,...Read the article

Funding opportunity for snow pack and soil moisture remote sensing projects

NOAA logo

The NOAA Office of Weather and Air Quality (OWAQ) is soliciting proposals to support research and development that has a strong potential for advancing the use of snowpack (snow water equivalent) and soil moisture remote sensing data to improve the National Water Model (NWM) and contribute directly to the mission of...Read the article

Dress rehearsal for drought: South Carolinians simulate hazard response

misty estuary on Carolina coast

When’s the best time to plan for drought? When there isn’t one. And that’s just what South Carolina did in September.Read the article

NDMC & NIDIS Introduce new US Drought Monitor maps for NWS Regions

U.S. Drought Monitor map released on February 20,2018 for the North Central RFC.

Through a partnership with NIDIS, the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) has introduced two new ways to view the U.S. Drought Monitor map.  Users can now view maps specific to the regions of NOAA’s River Forecast Centers (RFCs) and Weather Forecast Offices (WFOs).

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2017’s Billion-Dollar Disasters

U.S. 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters

The National Centers for Environmental Information (NCEI) has released the 2017 Billion-Dollar Weather and Climate Disasters report, which reveals that 2017 shattered the previous cumulative damage record set in 2005. Read the article

Book provides "fresh approaches" to tackling preparation for drought

Cover of Drought and Water Crises

The new edition of Drought and Water Crises: Integrating Science, Management, and Policy emphasizes the paradigm shift from managing disasters to managing risk, reflecting a global emphasis.Read the article

Online help for drought-impacted populations worldwide

The World Meteorological Organization and Global Water Partnership have joined with other partners to launch an online HelpDesk for the Integrated Drought Management Programme (IDMP).

The World Meteorological Organization and the Global Water Partnership and their partners have created a HelpDesk to promote international integrated drought managment. The intereactive site offers policy guidance, scientific information, and best practices.Read the article

Citizen scientists: Help monitor drought by reporting observations

Hand-drawn picture of CoCoRaHS mascot.

CoCoRaHS has a national network of condition monitoring observers, who provide on-the-ground impacts information to support drought monitoring and reporting. Want to join them? New training materials are available.Read the article

Forecast Rodeo: Four months down, eight to go!

fever chart shows top 5 team scores competing for weeks 3&4 temperature forecast as of Sept 5 2017

Team standings are tightening in the Sub-Seasonal Climate Forecast Rodeo, and upcoming cool-season forecasts will play a big role in determining who brings home a piece of $800,000 in prizes.Read the article

August webinars spotlight conditions in Northern Plains and beyond

sparse vegetation and dried up ground

Each month NIDIS and partners present information about drought conditions and the outlook for various regions around the U.S.Read the article

Regional DEWS coordinators join NIDIS

Map of regional Drought Early Warning Systems in the continental US

NIDIS welcomes Amanda Sheffield for the CA-NV DEWS and Elizabeth Weight for the Intermountain West and Southern Plains DEWS regions.Read the article

Got drought? Let the Drought Impact Reporter know

detail of Drought Impact Reporter home page showing map of US and dozens of impacts being reported in MT, ND and SD

U.S. Drought Monitor authors use multiple sources of data and monitoring information to build the map each week, including reports on local drought impacts. The most effective way to communicate those impacts is through the Drought Impact Reporter.Read the article

Exceptional drought expands in Northern Plains

US Drought Monitor map of Missouri River Basin for July 25, 2017 shows abnormal dryness and drought conditions affecting more than 70% of the region

The Dakotas and eastern Montana have seen drought worsen rapidly since April. NIDIS partners in the Missouri River Basin Drought Early Warning System (DEWS) have ramped up their communications efforts in response.Read the article

QuickDRI alerts farmers, fire managers to impending drought

map of continental US shows "wetter" and "drier" locations

This new tool analyzes four drought indicators – precipitation, soil moisture, vegetation health and evaporative moisture loss from plants — all at once to better "see" drought conditions emerge before traditional drought-monitoring tools.Read the article

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

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

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