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May 9, 2022

NDMC, New Mexico pueblos, USDA NRCS and Southwest Climate Hub team up for Drought-Smart Indigenous Agriculture

A new partnership led by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln focuses on enhancing agricultural drought and climate adaptation for Indigenous farmers and ranchers in the Middle Rio Grande pueblos of the U.S. Southwest.

April 28, 2022

Ranchers review researchers’ drought planning tools

Ranchers and researchers are collaborating on how predicting forage production can lead to sustainable management, even during drought. At a meeting of the Society for Range Management, Feb. 7 in Albuquerque, N.M., a National Drought Mitigation Center workshop introduced eight new decision-support tools and asked ranchers to reflect on how such tools could be of greatest use.

January 20, 2022

Drought notches U.S. Drought Monitor record for duration across Lower 48 states

Drought’s footprint expanded slightly this week, still covering about 46% of the entire U.S., and 55% of the Lower 48, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor. This week’s map breaks the previous record of 68 consecutive weeks of 40% of the US in drought on the USDM. Brian Fuchs, USDM author and NDMC Monitoring lead, says drought "is coming at us in all shapes and sizes in terms of intensity, duration and rate of onset ..."

January 13, 2022

NDMC’s Haigh to contribute to National Climate Assessment of Northern Great Plains Region

The creation of the Fifth National Climate Assessment (NCA5) is currently underway, and National Drought Mitigation Center rural sociologist Tonya Haigh is among the co-authors for the Northern Great Plains Region.

January 11, 2022

Drought Center develops new objective blend tools

This year, the National Drought Mitigation Center is releasing a weekly set of newly developed "objective blend" tools that drought monitors can glance at to see a baseline set of short-term and long-term drought conditions as they begin the weekly process of building the U.S. Drought Monitor map. 

December 9, 2021

U.S. Drought Monitor feature provides emailed alerts about county-level drought designations

The National Drought Mitigation Center offers county-level email alerts when drought conditions reach or recede from a specific drought designation – moderate drought (D1) to exceptional drought (D4). The feature is called the Drought Alert Request. 

November 23, 2021

Meet NDMC’s newest staff member, Maddie Goebel

Maddie Goebel is the NDMC’s new social science research assistant. She is already working alongside social science coordinator Dr. Tonya Haigh on projects that explore how people who work in agricultural industries are affected by drought, and how planning ahead for droughts can ease some of the stress when they are faced with a drought.

November 8, 2021

Drought Center creates tool that could help detect emerging impacts by tracking news

The Media Drought Index was created to help researchers, climatologists and the public in their efforts to track drought impacts and to see where drought-related news is being published at higher or lower rates than normal. 

August 13, 2021

Southwest Drought Learning Network Sharing Management Practices team shares lessons learned during regional droughts

The NDMC is seeking to highlight ways that drought concerns are being addressed by groups like the Sharing Management Practices Drought Learning Network team, which is providing best practices information to interested parties in the Southwest and beyond in several forms, like a trove of user-friendly case studies available online as well as a brand new podcast.

August 10, 2021

U.S. Drought Monitor now searchable by tribal area

The National Drought Mitigation Center, in partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture, recently introduced search features that provide maps and data specific to 323 tribal areas.