Drought and Weather

This page highlights organizations that deal with issues related to drought and weather. For drought-related tools, publications, and local information, see the menu to the right.

Definitions of Drought

USGS. Water Data.

Quotes definitions of drought from several sources. Addresses different types of drought such as agricultural and meteorological drought.

Drought Disaster and Drought Assistance

United States Department of Agriculture.

"USDA provides assistance for losses that result from drought, flood, fire, freeze, tornadoes, pest infestation, and other calamities."

Climate Change, Water and Agriculture

USDANAL. Water Quality Information Center.

Offers a dynamic search of NAL catalog (AGRICOLA) article citations on climate change and its impacts on water and agriculture. Try a book citation search.

Sun shining through wheat Weather and Climate

USDA. Joint Agricultural Weather Facility; United States Department of Commerce.

Provides current agricultural weather information and produces numerous reports, such as the Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin and the U. S. Drought Monitor.

Drought and Water Availability

USDA. NAL. Water Quality Information Center.

Offers a dynamic search of NAL catalog (AGRICOLA) article citations on drought impacts on agriculture, from 2000 to the present. Try a book citation search from 2000 to the present.

Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN)

USDA. NRCS. National Water and Climate Center.

"The Soil Climate Analysis Network (SCAN) is a comprehensive, nationwide soil moisture and climate information system designed to provide data to support natural resource assessments and conservation activities. Administered by the United States Department of Agriculture Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) through the National Water and Climate Center (NWCC), in cooperation with the NRCS National Soil Survey Center, the system focuses on agricultural areas of the U.S. monitoring soil temperature and soil moisture content at several depths, soil water level, air temperature, relative humidity, solar radiation, wind, precipitation, barometric pressure, and more."

clouds and rainbow National Water and Climate Center

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

"Leads the development and transfer of water and climate information and technology which support natural resource conservation."

National Drought Mitigation Center

University of Nebraska - Lincoln.

"Helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought. The Center stresses preparation and risk management rather than crisis management."

Snow Field Climate Prediction Center

DOC. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

One of NOAA's Centers for Environmental Prediction, it serves "the public by assessing and forecasting the impacts of short-term climate variability, emphasizing enhanced risks of weather-related extreme events, for use in mitigating losses and maximizing economic gains." See also the CPC's Drought Monitoring page.

Preparing for Drought in the 21st Century

National Drought Policy Commission.

Published in May 2000, "presents the basis for national drought policy and calls for commitment and resolve in providing sufficient resources to achieve the policy goals."

Extension Disaster Education Network (EDEN)

Louisiana State University.

"This site serves primarily Extension agents and educators by providing them access to resources on disaster mitigation, preparedness, response, and recovery that will enhance their short- and long-term programming efforts." Learn more about drought.

U. S. Geological Survey Frequently Asked Questions

U. S. Geological Survey.

Answers to frequently asked questions on floods and droughts.

National Water Research Institute Drought Resources

National Water Research Institute

"This section includes drought information and resources from various workshops, projects, and conferences that NWRI has facilitated. As the western United States faces persistent drought conditions, these NWRI resources provide opportunities to address drought preparation and solutions."

Western Governors' Drought Forum

Western Governors' Association

"The 2015 Chairman’s Initiative of Gov. Brian Sandoval of Nevada is designed to foster a regional dialogue in which states and industry can share case studies and best practices on drought policy, preparedness and management. In addition to meetings that will focus on specific sectors, the Western Governors' Drought Forum will create an online resource library that will feature a growing collection of drought resources."