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What if California's Drought Continues?


A report from the Public Policy Institute of California, August 2015.

California Drought: Farm and Food Impacts


Ongoing (as of early 2016) analysis from the USDA's Economic Research Service

From Too Much to Too Little: How the central U.S. drought of 2012 evolved out of one of the most devastating floods on record in 2011


An assessment of the drought that affected the central U.S. in 2012. Executive Summary

Western States Water Council Drought Impact Data Clearinghouse


Results of a workshop in August 2013.

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.

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