U.S. Drought Portal


Where is the drought? Will it change? What are its impacts?




Reports from media, observers and other sources on drought impacts by state and county, by category, and by time period. >> Launch Site


Wildfire Risks

Wildfire risk is mostly normal for the continental U.S. However, long term drought coupled with increasing potential for offshore winds will keep potential elevated in California through October. >>Click for more information on US Wildfire


Summary of Drought This Week


As of November 18, 2014, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:


  • 24.61% of the area of U.S. and 29.45% of the lower 48 states.
  • 70.5 million people in the U.S. and 70.5 million people in the lower 48 states.


Bitter cold along with some snow settled over the central U.S., affording little, if any, drought relief. Farther east, soaking rainfall eased drought conditions in the Southeast, while highly variable rainfall in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast mostly prevented expansion of abnormal dryness.  A shallow to moderate snow cover encompassed more than 50 percent of the contiguous U.S. at the end of the period, establishing a new benchmark for the date.


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NIDIS in Your Region

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Southeast California
Northwest 4-Corners
Upper Colorado Missouri River
Southern Plains Carolina Coast

Drought in your backyard

How is drought affecting you? Enter your zip code for current conditions:

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“Dry Times” features research reports, tribal essays, a Dust Bowl diary, a California photo essay

NIDIS newsletter thumbnail imageThe November 2014 edition of the NIDIS newsletter includes stories on citizen science through CoCoRaHS; groundwater research in California and the Southeast; measuring changes in soil moisture; how attitudes alter (or don’t) in the aftermath of drought; a tabletop exercise in planning in Oklahoma; an assessment of the accuracy of NOAA’s Monthly Drought Outlook; and more.

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Webinar: Do extreme events cause a shift in climate change beliefs?

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Researchers studied 864 agricultural advisors’ attitudes in Indiana, Iowa, Michigan and Nebraska before and after the 2012 drought in the Midwest. The findings: Perceptions of risk shifted; beliefs about climate change did not.

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