National Drought Monitor

Drought monitor
The Media Drought Index was created to help researchers, climatologists and the public in their efforts to track drought impacts and to see where drought-related news is being published at higher or lower rates than normal.

Drought Center Creates Tool That Could Help Detect Emerging Impacts by Tracking News

November 16, 2021
The experiential Media Drought Index (MDI) may help detect emerging drought impacts through an automated news search and mapping system.

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Annual departure from normal precipitation map

Mid-Year Weather, Drought and La Nina Update

July 15, 2021
The distinct periods of above and below normal temperatures are expected to continue in Nebraska. Respectable precipitation events in early August are anticipated.

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Aug. 1 Drought Monitor shows abnormally dry areas in east central Nebraska

Abnormally Dry Conditions in East-Central Nebraska

August 1, 2019
The August 1 Drought Monitor shows abnormally dry conditions for an area of east-central Nebraska including Dodge, Washington, Cuming, Burt and some of Stanton and Colfax counties. The condition was attributed to short-term precipitation deficits.

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US map showing departures from normal temperatures in May

If Patterns Continue, Drought Areas Likely to Expand in Nebraska

June 1, 2018
Based on current conditions and short and longer term forecasts, drought conditions appear to be building in Nebraska, says Associate State Climatologist Al Dutcher.

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Dry/Drought Area Expands in Nebraska

July 20, 2017
The July 18 Drought Monitor for Nebraska reflected a decline in conditions from last week. Three-quarters of the state was either abnormally dry (49.5%) or in moderate (24%) to severe drought (less than 1 %).

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