Drought is the prolonged time of less than normal water conditions. Drought can be recognized as a short
dry spell, longer affecting some crops or reducing harvest, more harsh producing crop damage and require
voluntary water-use restrictions, or severe enough to devastate crops and livestock reducing reservoirs
to empty bowls of dust.
To Use Drought Tracker:
1. Move or Search for an area of interest.
2. Click to select the location.
3. Explore the map, graphs, and the timeline.
The timeline at the bottom of the page allows the user to explore any week back to January 3, 2000.
Moving your mouse along the timeline shows the drought intensity for any week. Clicking on the
move the map to a new point in history.
Data credit: The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the
National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department
of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.