June 17, 2019

Drought's connection to public health explored at June summit

This week, experts with backgrounds in public health, emergency preparedness, climatology and drought convene at the National Drought and Public Health Summit.

June 6, 2019

U.S. Drought Monitor now includes U.S. Virgin Islands

With the addition of the USVI, the USDM now provides weekly drought assessments for the entire collection of U.S. states and territories.

May 29, 2019

National Drought Mitigation Center's scenario game, Ready for Drought, shows value of collaboration

Ready for Drought is a scenario game that addresses the strain drought puts upon a community from the perspectives of private citizens, local decision makers, responders, business and industry and communities. In the process it details the scope of drought, and the resources that can reduce its effects. 

May 9, 2019

New research examines drought effects on state recreation areas

Interviews with Nebraska state recreation area managers show how drought affects outdoor recreation and how resources like the U.S. Drought Monitor could be incorporated into a park management plan, according to recently published research.

April 8, 2019

U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands now part of U.S. Drought Monitor

For the first time since 2000, the U.S. Drought Monitor added a new collection of territories to the weekly map. The U.S.-affiliated Pacific Islands are now included in the weekly report of drought.

April 1, 2019

At Ethiopian space science workshop, NDMC climatologist sees promise in preparing for drought

As Ethiopia joins a growing number of African countries that are developing space science programs, National Drought Mitigation Center climatologist Tsegaye Tadesse participated in the first African Initiative for Planetary and Space Science (AFIPS) workshop in February. The event brought together many on the forefront of African space science development to share knowledge about building space programs and to discuss the challenges associated with them.

March 20, 2019

Water conservation tips for drought, flood and other disasters

Residents of Lincoln, Nebraska, home to the National Drought Mitigation Center and University of Nebraska-Lincoln, were required for several days to conserve water not because of drought, but because of flooding. Here are some tips that can help residents conserve water during any water emergency. 

January 31, 2019

5 states began drought plan updates in 2018

At least five U.S. states, an unusually high number, began drought plan updates in 2018. “Last year was especially busy in assisting states with drought planning and hopefully the trend continues during 2019,” said Cody Knutson, the NDMC Drought Planning coordinator.

January 28, 2019

New web-based form makes submitting drought observations easier

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) in January 2019 switched to a streamlined method for reporting local drought conditions, and is working with state agencies and other partners across the country, notably the National Integrated Drought Information System, to promote use of the new form.

January 11, 2019

Public health practitioners to share lessons learned on drought

Public health practitioners can learn about preparing for drought in a workshop/webinar Feb. 4. The in-person event will be in Sacramento, Calif., 10-4 Pacific time. Local health department staff and partners are particularly encouraged to attend in person, to hear tips and lessons learned from California health departments that have responded to severe drought.