This map from the Drought Termination and Amelioration pages shows the probability of current drought conditions ending within three months.
Tools answer what it will take
to eliminate that pocket of drought
A new tool from NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information can help answer the question: How long is that drought likely to stick around? The Drought Termination and Amelioration pages are a customizable interface that provides information on amount of precipitation necessary to end a drought and the likelihood rain will fall, among other options. Users can choose a state or look at the entire nation for periods of time between one to 12 months. Maps are updated daily and are based on the Palmer Hydrological Drought Index, which assesses the severity of current drought conditions in the U.S. Users also can access drought projections based on what researchers think the PHDI will look like in the future based on NOAA's Climate Predication Center monthly projections for precipitation and temperature.

Learn more about the available tools here.

Access the tools directly here.
Ag in Drought
New site highlights drought effects on agriculture
Maps highlighting the effects of drought on six agricultural commodities across the continental U.S. became available in late May on a new website:

The maps, released each Thursday, are based on the weekly U.S. Drought Monitor and show the locations and percentages of drought-affected areas that produce crops or livestock. In addition to the maps, the website offers data tables, time series graphs and animations.

The maps are produced at the National Drought Mitigation Center in cooperation with the USDA World Agriculture Outlook Board and Office of the Chief Economist meteorologists. Learn more here.

Western Regional Climate Center
Need an expert? There's a database for that

The NOAA Western Regional Climate Service recently made public a database that helps users locate experts on climate issues in the Western U.S. The Climate Services Provider database lists contacts from government and nonprofit organizations dedicated to climate issues, but also to workshops, decision-support tools, trainings and educational opportunities. Users can search by sector, by scale, by provider type or by service provided. Find the database
Outlooks newsletter
Summaries highlight events, look ahead
NOAA's Regional Climate Services Programs produce quarterly climate and drought outlooks to highlight key impacts and trends, but also to predict future conditions based on observable data.
Montana mesonet
Montana reports progress with weather network
In August 2016, Montana started installing active weather stations across the state. With 13 installed, they have 22 left to go. The ultimate goal of the mesonet is to collect data to help farmers, natural resource professionals and cities plan, prepare and build climate resiliency.
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The Drought Risk Management Resource Center conducts and applies research to improve drought resilience across the United States. It is a partnership between the National Integrated Drought Information System and the National Drought Mitigation Center, based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. NIDIS supports the DRMRC through the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Sectoral Applications Research Program.
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