Saturday, November 22, 2014

National Drought Mitigation Center

What is Drought?

What do you think when you hear the word drought? Do you think “dry,” “hot,” “dusty,” or “cracked earth,” or even “no water”? If so, you’re on the right track! 

When a place is in a drought, it is dry and hot, often dusty; cracks may appear in the soil, and rivers, lakes, streams, and other sources of water can go dry. A drought means that a place has less precipitation (rain or snow) than normal over a few months or even longer.

What causes this? How does drought really affect us? How can we be prepared for drought? These are all important questions that we will answer as we explore drought. 

The first step in answering those questions is to explore weather, climate, and the water cycle. 

The National Drought Mitigation Center | 3310 Holdrege Street | P.O. Box 830988 | Lincoln, NE 68583–0988
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