Assessing Drought in the United States

This easy-to-understand video animation describes drought and explains the different categories of drought used by the drought monitor. It discusses the effects of and contributions to drought, what the implications of the different drought levels are, and puts the drought maps into context to understand how the impacts vary geographically (e.g. drought in Nevada vs Kansas - one could affect tourism, the other agriculture). It also touches on how the development of maps/drought severity is determined and how it might vary geographically. The animation provides a basic overview of statistics and percentiles and the concept of '100 year events.'

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CoCoRaHS
Colorado Climate Center

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This video could be used to introduce topics related to precipitation and drought. It could also be used for teachers participating in the [link https://www.cocorahs.org/ 'CoCoRaHS (the Community Collaborative Rain, Hail, and Snow Network)'] precipitation monitoring network to help describe how their data is used and how they can contribute to drought classification.