Tracking drought blends science and art. No single definition of drought works for all circumstances, so people rely on drought indices to detect and measure droughts. But no single index works under all circumstances, either. That's why we need the Drought Monitor, a synthesis of multiple indices and impacts, that represents a consensus of federal and academic scientists. The product will be refined over time as we find ways to make it better reflect the needs of decision-makers and others who use the information.

For more information about the science or impacts of drought, please visit the National Drought Mitigation Center's web site.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.

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Please let us know what you do and don't like about this web site, as well as your ideas about how it could be more useful to you. Contact us:
The Drought Monitor
National Drought Mitigation Center
P.O. Box 830988
Lincoln, NE 68583-0988
402-472-6707 - voice
402-472-2946 - fax

Updated January 11, 2011