United States Drought Monitor Exercise

Go to the United States Drought Monitor website.

This should be the most up-to-date map of current conditions in the US. Take a few minutes to look over the map, taking note of the color scheme and the corresponding key. Afterwards, answer the following questions:

  1. What areas are the most affected (state(s) and/or region(s))?
  2. After determining what states or regions are currently the most affected, click on the region(s) on the map. Look at the chart on the right, making sure that it is organized under traditional statistics (You can change the style of organization above the chart where is offers traditional or categorical statistics).

a. Do the following for each region with D3-D4 drought: Under the “D3-D4” category, make the following comparisons and determine whether there has been an increase or decrease in percent area drought and what percent increase/decrease:

  1. Last Week
  2. 3 Months Ago
  3. One Year Ago

b. What are potential reasons for why there has been an increase/decrease? Consider what month it, history of drought, what season it is, etc.

Last Updated: August 03, 2016