US Drought Monitor: 12 Week Animation

The U.S. Drought Monitor is the drought map that policymakers and media use in discussions of drought and in allocating drought relief. U.S. Drought Monitor maps come out every Thursday morning at 8:30 Eastern Time, based on data through 7 a.m. the preceding Tuesday. The map is based on measurements of climatic, hydrologic and soil conditions as well as reported impacts and observations from more than 350 contributors around the country.

The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. 

To show the impact that the last 12 weeks have had on the drought map in the United States, please find below a 12 Week Animation of the U.S. Drought Monitor showing the December 2, 2014 – February 17, 2015 maps. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.

US Drought Map 12 Week Animation via ProAg's Friday Fun Ag Fact



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