Drought in Your State

Name: _________________________________       Date: _____________

Drought conditions vary from year to year and region to region. How dry is your state right now? How about the rest of the country? You'll find out in this Planet Diary activity.

  1. Visit the U.S. Drought Monitor to take a look at current drought conditions. What do each of the colors represent on the map?
  2. Describe current drought conditions in your state.
  3. Click your region of the map for detailed drought data. Have conditions changed since the start of the water year?
  4. How have conditions changed compared to one year ago?
  5. Return to the U.S. Drought Monitor to look at drought conditions in the rest of the country. Which parts of the country are most affected by drought right now?