August 3, 2021

The August 2021 Climate outlook favors a wetter-than-average month across the Southwest and Southeast and above-average temperatures across much of the contiguous U.S..

June 23, 2021

An early summer heatwave across the drought-stricken West smashed records in seven states as temperatures cleared 100 degrees Fahrenheit for days on end. 

May 3, 2021

The May 2021 outlook favors warmth for the southern half of the country and a wet East-dry West split.

April 2, 2021

The April 2021 climate outlook tilts warmer than average for most of the country and drier than average across the southern tier of the United States.

March 2, 2021

A warmer-than-average start to spring is favored for the central and eastern United States while a drier-than-average March is likely across the southern tier of the contiguous U.S.

February 1, 2021

The February 2021 outlook favors a colder- and wetter-than-average month for much of the northern and central United States.

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%.

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