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 Sept. 23, 2014, drought (D1-D4) is impacting:


  • 25.59% of the area of U.S. and 30.62% of the lower 48 states.
  • 75.0 million people in the U.S. and 74.8 million people in the lower 48 states.


Moisture from the remnants of Hurricane Odile deluged parts of the Southwest and western Texas with flooding rains. However, large parts of the Far West, Great Plains, and CONUS east of the Mississippi River had a drier-than-normal week.


For more information, see the narratives for the:




NIDIS in Your Region

Click for more information on NIDIS Regional activities

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

Drought in your backyard

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



How many Americans are affected by drought?

The Drought Monitor shows where drought affects the U.S. and how many people drought touches as well. To find the statistics:

1. Click on a state or region on the map. On the page that pops up, under the table of figures, you’ll see the total population affected by drought, and a brown button to click for more statistics. 2. Go directly to the population data archive. In the drop-down menu to the left of the key, select your state or region.

Drought/Energy Forum highlights case studies, best practices

The Western Governors' Association kicked off its 2014-15 drought initiative Sept. 18-19 in Norman, Oklahoma, with a forum on drought and the energy sector. The initiative includes five meetings, each addressing a different economic sector, including mining, agriculture and water supply. Findings will help to build an online drought resource library. The goal is to foster a dialogue in which states and industry can share insight on drought management. For highlights from the energy forum, click here.