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.

December 10, 2018

Christmas tree shortages across the country attributed partly to drought

From the Pacific Northwest through the Midwest, there is a Christmas tree shortage related to the 2008 recession when tree growers planted fewer trees, and to the 2012 drought that killed and damaged innumerable trees. 

November 13, 2018

FEMA risk assessment process tailored for drought

For the first time, emergency managers and community planners have guidance on how to use the federal Threat and Hazard Identification and Risk Assessment process to prepare for drought. Developers of a new online, multi-media Drought THIRA Toolkit will introduce it via live webinar Nov. 29, noon-1 p.m. Central time.

August 20, 2018

US Drought Monitor data gathering network reaches throughout communities and across the nation

One of the most intriguing and hard-to-duplicate aspects of the U.S. Drought Monitor is the network of observers across the country who contribute data and information each week to help identify the location and intensity of drought. A recent survey documented a five-fold multiplier effect, with each primary network participant on average working with another five people, either to gather or to disseminate information. 

July 13, 2018

U.S. Drought Monitor for July 12, 2018 shows drought relinquishing 12-month grip over most of Northern Plains

The U.S. Drought Monitor map that shows drought conditions across the U.S. and Puerto Rico through Tuesday, July 10, 2018 reflects the documentation and analysis of teams of experts working across the nation. 

July 3, 2018

Deadline nearing for drought and public health conference abstract submissions

August 1, 2018, is the deadline to submit an abstract to sessions at either of two upcoming conferences that will explore themes of preparing for and mitigating the public health impacts of drought.  See the full story for more information about the conferences and submission guidelines.

June 13, 2018

Use #drought18 to tell us how drought is affecting you

Want to be part of the official conversation about the location and effects of #drought in the United States? Tweet photos and observations using #drought18, letting us know how drought is affecting you, and be sure that the location in your user profile is up-to-date.

May 23, 2018

Grass-Cast: A New, Experimental Grassland Productivity Forecast for the Northern Great Plains

Every spring, ranchers face the same difficult challenge—trying to guess how much grass will be available for livestock to graze during the upcoming summer. Now an innovative new Grassland Productivity Forecast or “Grass-Cast” has published its first forecast to help producers in the Northern Great Plains reduce this economically important source of uncertainty. This new experimental grassland forecast is the result of a collaboration between the Agricultural Research Service (ARS), a part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA); National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC); Colorado State University and the University of Arizona. The NDMC contributes data, and analysis of of seasonal forecasts.