Drought center launches fresh look for USDM site

September 18, 2017

The National Drought Mitigation Center released on Monday the latest generation U.S. Drought Monitor website that improves usability and readability for its nearly 7 million-a-year viewers. The mobile-friendly site contains a new, larger drought monitor map, revised navigation and more data and information download options.

“The new site allows us to better serve our clients by offering more options and using the latest website technology available,” said Brian Fuchs, monitoring coordinator for the drought center. “Gathering information to help prepare for and mitigate drought should be easier than ever.”

Cultivating drought preparedness in South Africa

September 8, 2017

Three disaster management professionals from South Africa recently came for an information gathering visit to learn about the National Drought Mitigation Center's climate tools and how they could be adapted to monitor and mitigate drought in their home country. 

U.S. Drought Monitor first: No dryness or drought in New Mexico

August 24, 2017

For the first time in the 17-year history of the U.S. Drought Monitor, the state of New Mexico showed up “D-nada,” meaning the map of drought conditions showed no color for the state. The last bit of D0, “abnormally dry,” which shows up as yellow, disappeared as of the Aug. 22 map.

Warning system gets the early drop on drought

July 12, 2017

Agricultural crops can wither in a flash when the days turn hot, the air dries, the rain stops and moisture evaporates quickly from the soil. A new early warning system developed by two nationally recognized centers at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, along with the U.S. Geological Survey, can help alert stakeholders as drought begins.

The Quick Drought Response Index, or QuickDRI, is a weekly alarm sensitive to early-stage drought conditions and rapidly evolving drought events.

Webinar: A look at drought in the Northern Plains

June 22, 2017

A recent webinar provided an update on the drought currently affecting the Northern Plains, specifically North Dakota and South Dakota, where large swaths of the state have been affected, and also Montana, where drought is encroaching further west each week. Watch it in full here.


  • NDMC: Regional Drought Update & the USDM | Open here
  • SDSU Extension: 2017 Northern Plains Drought | Open here

Hayes, Svoboda contribute to EU disaster risk management report

June 9, 2017

Knowing that natural and manmade disasters threaten millions of people each year and cost billions of dollars, the European Union has made disaster management a priority. A recent report, “Science for disaster risk management 2017: Knowing better and losing less,” hopes to illustrate what scientists know about these disasters, but also harness that knowledge to save lives and money through prevention.

National Drought Mitigation Center former director Mike Hayes and Director Mark Svoboda, both at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Natural Resources, contributed to the chapter dedicated to drought.

New maps, new website highlight drought effects on agriculture

June 2, 2017

Maps highlighting the effects of drought on six agricultural commodities across the continental U.S. became available in late May on a website hosted by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The maps are a collaboration between the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Office of the Chief Economist and the drought center.

The maps are based on the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor and show the locations and percentages of drought-affected areas that produce crops or livestock. They are released Thursdays and can be found at agindrought.unl.edu.

Drought, regional climate centers receive Climate Adaptation honorable mention

May 24, 2017

The Wind River Reservation Drought Preparedness Team recently earned an Honorable Mention Climate Adaptation Leadership Award for its leadership in reducing climate-related threats and promoting adaptation of the nation’s natural resources. 

The project combines the expertise of researchers, scientists and other professionals at 15 university-, tribal-, regional- and federal-level organizations, including the National Drought Mitigation Center and the High Plains Regional Climate Center, both at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, School of Natural Resources.

Survey finds drought info leads to better decisions

April 5, 2017

Information from regional Drought Early Warning Systems helped people make better decisions in many sectors, including construction, fish production, and agriculture. A recent survey assessed the value of drought and climate-related webinars and quarterly climate summaries produced for decision-makers in the Midwest and Missouri River Drought Early Warning Systems and in the Great Lakes Basin. 

Drought Center releases inaugural annual report

March 14, 2017

The National Drought Mitigation Center is excited to announce the release of its first annual report and the unveiling of its new logo.

It’s been an exciting and busy year at the drought center; we’ve worked on 24 projects and hosted or co-hosted 76 events in 15 countries. But we couldn’t have done it without our 18 state and federal partners and grant funders, and we couldn’t have done it without our stakeholders, who are spread across the country and the world.

News Archive