"The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of drought conditions that is produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The U.S. Drought Monitor website is hosted and maintained by the NDMC.
U.S. Drought Monitor maps come out every Thursday morning at 8:30 Eastern Time, based on data through 7 a.m. Eastern Standard Time (8 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time) the preceding Tuesday. The map is based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions as well as reported impacts and observations from more than 350 contributors around the country. Eleven climatologists from the partner organizations take turns serving as the lead author each week. The authors examine all the data and use their best judgment to reconcile any differences in what different sources are saying."
In addition to providing maps, statistics, and historical data on drought from the national to the state and local level, users can click on their state to find additional information, including drought planning resources specific to their state.
- U.S. Drought Monitor (Interactive Map), National Drought Mitigation Center
Access the U.S. Drought Monitor, including drought maps, statistics, historical data, and planning information
- WaterWatch (Interactive Map), United States Geological Survey
Provides state drought watch information
- Drought in My Backyard (Interactive Tool) National Integrated Drought Information System
Tool for finding the severity of drought conditions in your zipcode