What is the U.S. Drought Monitor?

A detailed explanation of the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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The USDM has helped track drought across the United States since its inception and has helped inform policy decisions and relief packages.

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About the Data

Find out more about the U.S. Drought Monitor classifications, data sets and the Drought Severity and Coverage Index (DSCI).


A step by step guide on how to use the U.S. Drought Monitor.

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