What is the U.S. Drought Monitor?

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


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

Contact Information

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Drought Classification

The Drought Monitor identifies general areas of drought and labels them by intensity. Learn how to interpret the map.

Frequently Asked Questions

Find the answers to the most commonly asked questions about the USDM.

Other Resources

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