News | National Drought Mitigation Center
National Drought Mitigation Center


October 24, 2022

New interactive interface and export tool help users visualize and customize U.S. Drought Monitor maps

The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly assessment of the extent and severity of drought in the U.S. A new interface allows users to view Drought Monitor classifications at various spatial scales, overlaid by other relevant information. A related export tool increases the ease with which people can download customized Drought Monitor maps.

October 12, 2022

New research from the National Drought Mitigation Center

Several members of the National Drought Mitigation Center also serve as faculty at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and regularly publish peer-reviewed drought research in academic journals. In recent months, NDMC scientists have published work geared toward both specialty crop producers in the Midwest and local planners.

October 6, 2022

In a summer for the record books, the U.S. hits 106 weeks straight with more than 40% of the Lower 48 in drought

Summer 2022 has been one for the books with heat and rainfall records toppling and intense drought gripping much of the country. The U.S. also hit a sobering record of more than two years straight with over 40% of the Lower 48 in drought.

September 9, 2022

New tool makes U.S. drought impacts searchable by state and drought level

It can be hard to grasp the full human and ecological cost of a drought, so the NDMC has tracked drought impacts since 2005. A new tool from the NDMC helps people sort and filter these impact records by state, drought severity, sector and season.

August 25, 2022

NDMC and Drought Learning Network partners use podcasts to reach agricultural producers and resource managers

Collaborations within the Southwest Drought Learning Network led to two podcasts that provide resources and information to help make communities more resilient. The most recent project, the Drought Discussion, began this summer with semimonthly episodes aimed at introducing weather and forage production data to a broader audience.

July 29, 2022

Flash drought showing up with 4-category change over 4 weeks on current U.S. Drought Monitor

While drought is known as a slow-onset phenomenon, recent extreme heat and dry conditions in eastern Oklahoma and adjacent states have created a flash drought in the region, leading to a four-class change on the U.S. Drought Monitor in just four weeks. 

July 26, 2022

NDMC visiting student brings international insight on crowdsourcing drought data

Marleen Lam, a visiting student from Wageningen University in the Netherlands, spent six weeks at the National Drought Mitigation Center this spring as part of her master’s program in International Land and Water Management. Lam’s research looks at crowdsourcing drought impact data, specifically at what’s motivating people to submit Condition Monitoring Observer Reports. 

July 22, 2022

Stakeholders meet to share resources and experiences for drought planning in the Southwest

Last month, resource managers, climate service providers and stakeholders met for the third annual meeting of the Southwest Drought Learning Network, a peer-to-peer knowledge-sharing network designed to increase the resilience of communities facing drought. Attendees came from across the Southwest and adjacent states to discuss drought-related needs, assess current monitoring and planning resources and brainstorm goals and activities for the future.

July 14, 2022

New map shows the location of weather and water stations across the West

The Overview of Weather Water Land Sites (OWWLS) maps the location of weather stations, stream gauges, reservoirs and ground monitoring stations across much of the West. By mapping where these stations are, the tool helps highlight areas with limited data coverage to inform the deployment of future weather stations and target citizen scientist recruitment.

July 11, 2022

Drought Center kicks off $1 million Defense project to predict unrest

We know that weather and climate can contribute to civic unrest, especially in countries with little to no social safety nets, where people depend on subsistence farming to feed themselves and their families. The question is, can we predict civic unrest, along with the weather? To begin answering that question, researchers at the National Drought Mitigation Center, based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources, received the first $1 million of funding from U.S. Air Force Weather this spring for the first phase of a bigger project.