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Drought Information Page 

 

Latest Drought Monitor Graphics:

U.S. Drought Monitor 

Drought Monitor for Southeast

Drought Monitor for Iowa

The category of drought is defined as follows:

Abnormally Dry (D0):

Going into drought, short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops and pastures; fire risk above average. Coming out of drought, some lingering water deficits,             pastures or crops not fully recovered. 

Moderate Drought (D1):

Some damage to crops, pastures, fire risk high;         streams, reservoirs or wells low, some water shortage     developing or imminent,       voluntary water use             restrictions requested.             

Severe Drought (D2):

Crop or pasture loss likely,   fire risk very high, water       shortages common, water     restrictions imposed. 

Extreme Drought (D3):

Major crop/pasture losses,   extreme fire danger,             widespread water shortages or restrictions. 

Exceptional Drought (D4):

Exceptional and widespread crop and pasture losses,       exceptional fire risk,             shortages of water in           reservoirs, streams and       wells causing water             emergencies. 

 

The U.S. Drought Monitor, a weekly collaborative effort between a number of federal agencies including NOAA/ NWS, U.S. Dept. of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center. Details and explanations of the Drought Monitor can found http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

 

You can report and view specific drought impacts via the Drought Impact

http://droughtreporter.unl.edu

Soil Moisture/Palmer Drought Index:
CPC daily soil moisture anomaly
CPC soil moisture anomaly trend

Crop Moisture Index

 

 

 

 

 

 

For wildfire potential, visit theNational Interagency Fire Center's Wildland Fire Assessment System.

 

 

 Precipitation Outlooks:
 

    Precipitation forecasts are available from  Weather Prediction Center (WPC) 

Day 1 - Rainfall amount forecast

Day 2 - Rainfall amount forecast

Image of 24 Hour HPC Deterministic QPF Image of 48 Hour HPC Deterministic QPF

Day 3 - Rainfall amount forecast

Day 4-5 - Rainfall amount forecast

Day 3 Rainfall amount forecast Days 4-5 Rainfall amount forecast

Day 6-7 - Rainfall amount forecast

7 Day Total - Rainfall amount forecast

Days 6-7 Rainfall amount forecast 7 Day Total Rainfall amount forecast

 

For probabilistic temperature and precipitation outlooks for week 2 and longer into
the future, 
consult the following Climate Prediction Center (CPC) Web Sites:

8 to 14 Day Outlook:  http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/814day/

CPC 8-14 day outlook

30 Day Outlook:  http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/30day/

90 Day Outlook:  http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/predictions/long_range/seasonal.php?lead=02

 

Monthly and Seasonal Drought Outlooks:

 

CPC Monthlyl Drought Outlook

CPC Seasonal Drought Outlook