Map of U.S. showing number of weeks different places have been experiencing drought conditions
January 20, 2021

New website features more interactive content and easy-to-understand graphics describing current and predicted drought conditions.  

January 4, 2021

January 2021 is favored to be wetter and warmer than average for much of the country.

December 15, 2020

November 2020 was the second-warmest November on record, which increases 2020's chance of becoming the warmest year on record to over 50%.

December 1, 2020

December 2020 and the start of the 2020-2021 winter looks warmer and drier than average for much of the country.

November 2, 2020

November 2020 is favored to be warmer than average for much of the United States and drier than average across the southern US.

October 1, 2020

The latest maps from NOAA's Climate Prediction Center show where October 2020 is forecast to be much hotter and drier than average in the U.S. It's not a great outlook for the wildfire-affected West.

August 2020 difference from global average temperature
September 15, 2020

August 2020 was the second-hottest August on record, and it ended the hottest summer on record for the Northern Hemisphere.

Map of the Lower 48 U.S. states showing precipitation patterns in August 2020.
September 10, 2020

Extreme heat in the U.S. Southwest carried August 2020 into the record books as the country’s third-warmest August in the 126-year record. Despite heavy rain from landfalling tropical cyclones, national average precipitation was in the driest third of the record. 

September 1, 2020

The September 2020 temperature and precipitation outlook favors a warmer- and drier-than-average September across the western United States, and a wetter-than-average month across the south-central Plains and much of the East.

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