What is the U.S. Drought Monitor?
Overview of the U.S. Drought Monitor
The Beginning of the U.S. Drought Monitor
The Evolution of the U.S. Drought Monitor
Who Makes the Map?
What Does the Map Show?
Drought Intensity Scale
Timescales of Impacts
Summary and Disclaimer
What Data are Used to Make the Map?
How are the Drought Categories Assigned?
Convergence of Evidence
What is the Timeline for Production?
Where can I Find the U.S. Drought Monitor?
How Can I Contribute?
Contributing Your Data and Information
Importance of Drought Impacts
Who uses the U.S. Drought Monitor?
Uses of the U.S. Drought Monitor
The U.S. Drought Monitor’s Role in Policy
Your observations can help contribute to the making of the map in two ways. By contributing local precipitation data or by reporting drought impacts. Here’s how: Talk to your state drought contact, join CoCoRaHS ‐ the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network. Or submit reports directly to the National Drought Mitigation Center’s Drought Impact Reporter. More information on each can be found by clicking on the web links below.
Drought Impact Reporter
In this video segment Brian Fuchs, one of the National Drought Mitigation Center’s climatologists, and a USDM author, discusses how drought impact reporting can be used in developing the USDM maps.
This tutorial is brought to you through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center, United States Department of Agriculture, and National Integrated Drought Information System.
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