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Drought Monitor
Entry ID: ensounl_drought


Summary
Abstract: The U.S. Drought Monitor map provides a summary of drought conditions across the United States and Puerto Rico. Often described as a blend of art and science, the map is updated weekly by combining a variety of data-based drought indices and indicators and local expert input into a single composite drought indicator.

The U.S. Drought Monitor sets the standard for communicating location and intensity of drought to a broad audience. The map summarizes and synthesizes information from the local and state level to the national scale, making it the most widely used gauge of drought conditions in the country. Policy makers use it to allocate relief dollars, states use it to trigger drought response measures, and media rely on it. The USDA uses it to distribute millions, even billions, of dollars in drought relief to farmers and ranchers each year, and the Internal Revenue Service also uses it for ranching-related tax determinations.

Related URL
Link: GOTO WEB TOOL > MAP VIEWER
Description: Access the Drought Monitor.

ISO Topic Category
FARMING
BIOTA


Keywords
Drought Monitor
Drought
Crop Moisture
Precipitation Index
Drought Impacts
Snowpack
Streamflow
Soil Moisture
Vegitation Condition
Temperature Condition
Agriculture Impact
Fire Danger
Wildfires
Hydrological Impact


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