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Droughts -- United States

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View Resource Drought Watch '99

Blistering summer temperatures have brought drought conditions across large sections of the United States, especially in the Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, and upper Ohio Valley regions. This new site from the US Geological Survey (USGS) offers a number of drought resources. These include the latest condition reports for selected states and realtime streamflow data from the mid-Atlantic region; links to...

https://md.water.usgs.gov/drought/
View Resource Climate of 1999: June-August Drought in the US

The Climate of 1999: June-August, Drought in the US, a special report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, provides extensive data with discussion on the Summer 1999 drought. The report features Palmer Drought Indices, Drought and Streamflow data, historical comparisons, and detailed precipitation and temperature data. The site also contains links to detailed global climate...

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/drought/1999
View Resource National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC)

The School of Natural Resource Sciences at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln hosts this site on drought mitigation. Designed to help "reduce society's vulnerability to drought," NDMC offers a wide range of information on drought and how to prepare for and deal with it. Newcomers should start at the Drought Science and Impacts sections for background information. The Drought Watch and Climatology...

http://drought.unl.edu/
View Resource National Drought Policy Commission Reports

On May 16, 2000, the National Drought Policy Commission (NDPC) released its final report and recommended improved preparedness and coordination in anticipation of the threat of droughts in the US. The NDPC's site offers two documents, the Report of the National Drought Policy Commission and the National Drought Policy Commission Executive Summary. The reports were drafted in response to the severe...

http://govinfo.library.unt.edu/drought/finalreport/fullrepor...
View Resource North American Drought: A Paleo Perspective

The NOAA Paleoclimatology Program is responsible for this excellent resource on Drought in North America, described within a geological timescale. Specifically, the Website aims "to explain how paleoclimatic data can provide information about past droughts and about the natural variability of drought over timescales of decades to millennia." The site is organized into four main sections: The...

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/data-access/paleoclimatology-data
View Resource NOAA's Drought Information Center

The Drought Information Center metasite serves as a gateway to NOAA's (and other) online resources on drought and climate conditions. From the US Drought Monitor (current assessment of drought status), to the Palmer Drought Severity Index, to paleo perspectives on North American drought, this site covers background information, current updates, and future predictions on droughts.

http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Drought/
View Resource The Climate of 1999: US and Global Climate Perspectives

The Climate of 1999: June-August, Drought in the US, a special report from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, provides extensive data with discussion on the Summer 1999 drought. The report features Palmer Drought Indices, Drought and Streamflow data, historical comparisons, and detailed precipitation and temperature data. The site also contains links to detailed global climate...

https://www.ncdc.noaa.gov/sotc/index.php
View Resource Drought Monitor

The Drought Monitor is "a synthesis of multiple indices, outlooks and news accounts, that represents a consensus of federal and academic scientists." The National Drought Mitigation Center offers drought maps of current conditions, short-term and long-term drought indicators, and animations of the United States. Land managers can view climate outlook maps for about the next 12 months. Researchers...

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/