University of Nebraska-Lincoln’s National Drought Monitor

Water restrictions and drought affect millions of Americans and costs the economy billions of dollars. The issue is critically important to the agricultural industry. Farmers need accurate and up to date data about drought trends to guide their irrigation and harvest strategies.

Most rely on the United States Drought Monitor, a state of the art weather service located at the University of Nebraska – Lincoln. They have published weekly data and maps since 1999 that track the intensity of droughts across the country. Offering more than a snapshot of the current drought situation, the USDM website has interactive tools that let you compare the current drought situation with any date over the last 16 years.

Check out the Drought Monitor resources here!

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