Thursday, October 02, 2014

National Drought Mitigation Center

Recent and Historic U.S. Drought Impacts

Drought and the Effect on Energy and Water Management Decisions

Roger S. Pulwarty, director of the National Integrated Drought Information System, testified to the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources in April 2013 about the effects of drought on energy and water management.

U.S. Drought 2012: Farm and Food Impacts

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Economic Research Service kept a running tally of drought's impacts in 2012.

Crop Losses Due to Extreme Weather, Down to County

The Natural Resources Defense Council has created a web-based tool to display crop insurance payouts due to extreme weather by state and country, using 2012 data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency. 

Billion-Dollar Disasters

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's National Climatic Data Center tracks billion-dollar disasters, including drought.

Drought Indemnity Maps & Data

These maps show where drought-related losses occurred, through 2009, based on data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Risk Management Agency. The data are also available.

Drought Photo Gallery

Images in the Photo Gallery come from volunteers who have generously made their work available. Please be sure to provide appropriate credit to the photographer and to the National Drought Mitigation Center’s Photo Gallery if you use a photo.

The Dust Bowl

The Dust Bowl, the drought of the 1930s in the Great Plains of the United States, is perhaps one of the best-known and best-documented droughts in U.S. history. It altered the course of history and eventually prompted revisions of land management practices and agricultural policy, including the formation of what was then the Soil Conservation Service, now the Natural Resources Conservation Service. This link goes to a history of the Dust Bowl on the NDMC's website.

 

Sources of Current U.S. Drought Impacts

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