The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a composite index that includes many weather and drought indicators and it produces the drought map that policymakers and media use in discussions of drought and in allocating drought relief. It 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. Maps courtesy of NDMC-UNL.
Here is their most current map of drought conditions in the United States, released April 20, 2017 (Click map to enlarge).
One can easily see many areas of continuing drought throughout the country, including areas of severe and extreme drought.
The U.S. Drought Monitor has five definitions of drought severity: Continue reading