Drought Basics

What is the difference between dry weather and a drought? Who decides? Learn more here.

Drought In-depth

What causes drought? Step into the science of drought on these pages.

Drought for Kids

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

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. Learn more here.


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? Learn here.