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Drought Basics

Drought Basics


What is the difference between dry weather and a drought? Who decides? How do the effects of drought differ from region to region? What are the initial steps to begin a drought planning process? Learn how to use the U.S. Drought Monitor to understand drought severity.

Drought In-depth

Drought In-depth


What is drought and what causes it? What are the different types of drought? How can weather facts and environmental factors help to forecast drought? Step into the science of drought on these pages.

Drought for Kids

Drought for Kids


Are weather and climate the same thing? Explore these pages if you're studying — or teaching about — drought!

Dust Bowl

Dust Bowl


Imagine soil so dry that plants disappear and dirt blows past your door like sand. That’s what really happened during the Dust Bowl.

Tutorials

Tutorials


Our tools provide information about current drought conditions and historic effects of drought. Is there drought in your area? How bad is it? How do the tools work? Explore the tutorials.

Drought Game

Drought Game


The Ready for Drought? game is an in-person role-playing game based on the Extreme Event game developed by the National Academy of Sciences. Learn how to play the game and how it can help build community resilience to drought and download resources to play the game.