Drought and Weather

US parkland using drought mitigationThis 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.

United States Department of Agriculture.

"USDA has the science-based solutions and technical experts on the ground today to help farmers and ranchers through drought and to prepare our country for weather events in the future. USDA offers technical and financial assistance to farmers and ranchers to cope with drought across the nation."

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."

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."

U. S. Geological Survey Frequently Asked Questions

U. S. Geological Survey.

Answers to frequently asked questions on floods and droughts.

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."

USDA. Natural Resources Conservation Service.

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

USGS. Water Data.

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

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.

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.