Thursday, April 19, 2018

National Drought Mitigation Center

Tips for Using the U.S. Drought Monitor Website

The U.S. Drought Monitor map is released each Thursday morning, along with statistics reflecting the percent area in each category of drought for the entire country and Puerto Rico, for the 48 contiguous states, for each climate region, and for individual states.

There are many ways to get to the statistical information:

To see the percent area statistics for a region or a state, drill down by double-clicking on the main U.S. Drought Monitor map.

For a quick statistical summary for the whole country (and for the 48 contiguous states) click on Statistics Comparison below the main map.

The Weekly Comparison link under the Maps and Data tab in the main navigation bar takes you to the U.S. Drought Monitor Weekly Comparison, where you can choose two maps for a visual comparison of differences in the expanse of drought. Percent area statistics also appear below the two maps. These statistics are for the contiguous United States. You can select a region or a state from the tan dropdown box near the top of the archive page.

The Tabular Data Archive page lists all U.S. Drought Monitor statistics.

Clicking on the chart icon in the middle of the brown bar below the maps on the archive page gives you a visual display of the area in each category of drought from 2000 through the present.

Statistics on the percent area of the United States in each category of drought conditions are automatically updated each week when the new map is released. The current week’s status is listed at in the row labeled “current.”

To see the percent area statistics for a region or a state, click on the main U.S. Drought Monitor map.

The archive Tables accessible from the archive allow you to scan the U.S. Drought Monitor values over time, and to select data for the entire country, the contiguous 48 states, a region, or an individual state.

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