Current Snow Drought Conditions
As of February 7, 2019, mid-winter snowpack is near or above normal in a belt across the middle latitudes of the western U.S. including the Sierra Nevada, Great Basin, Utah, and Colorado.

However, after a good start to the winter, storms with warmer temperatures and higher snow levels have led to a rapid decline of snowpack in the mountains of central Arizona and southwest New Mexico. Other areas of snow drought in the lower 48 includes western Washington and Oregon. Throughout northwest Wyoming, Idaho, and western Montana conditions are mixed with pockets of above and below normal snowpack present. Nearly all stations south of the Arctic Circle in Alaska currently have below normal snowpack.
Events & Webinars
Webinar | Drought in the Southwest: Update, Impacts, and Outlook
February 14, 2019 - 1:00 pm MST
Webinar | North Central US Monthly Climate and Drought Summary and Outlook
February 21, 2019 - 1:00 pm CST
Webinar | Pacific Northwest DEWS Drought and Climate Outlook
February 25, 2019 - 11:00 am PST
News & Updates
WaterSMART Drought Response Program

The Bureau of Reclamation's WaterSMART Drought Response Program has made a funding opportunity available for projects developing long-term resilience to drought. Learn more >
Postponed: 2019 Biennial US Drought Monitor Forum

The 2019 Biennial U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) Forum in Bowling Green, KY, initially scheduled for March 19-21, 2019, will be postponed until later this year (date to be determined). Learn more >
January 30 - February 5, 2019
Drought This Week
of US land area is in drought.

16.6 million
people are experiencing drought.
Extreme (D3) and Exceptional (D4) drought are affecting areas of Utah , Colorado , Arizona , New Mexico , and Oregon .

Severe (D2) drought is present in Alaska , Hawaii , Oregon , northern California , eastern Nevada , Utah , southern Idaho , Colorado , Arizona , and New Mexico .
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) was authorized by Congress in 2006 (Public Law 109-430) with an interagency mandate to develop and provide a national drought early warning information system, by coordinating and integrating drought research, and building upon existing federal, tribal, state, and local partnerships.