Drought Monitoring Links
Drought is a constant threat for growers in the Central Valley. These links will provide growers with access to important sites related to drought monitoring
The California Department of Water Resources (DWR) was established in 1956 and 'is responsible for managing and protecting California's water resources. DWR works with other agencies to benefit the State's people and to protect, restore, and enhance the natural and human environments.' The DWR manages a significant portion of the state's water supply including the State Water Project. The department's website provides information about the California Water Plan, flood management, dam safety, and groundwater protection, as well as other topics. The California Irrigation Management Information System (CIMIS) is a program unit of the Water Use and Efficiency Branch that manages over 145 weather stations throughout the state that collect publicly available data about soil and air temperature, relative humidity, precipitation, and evapotranspiration. The California Data Exchange Center, which is also housed at the DWR site, maintains an extensive collection of hydrologic data including: current river conditions, snow reports, and reservoir storage.
Current California reservoir conditions as of August 1, 2018, according to data collected and maintained by the California Data Exchange Center.
Drought.gov houses the U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM), a map that shows the current location and intensity of drought across the country. The site also provides drought forecasts for several months in advance. The data is updated each Tuesday and released on Thursday. Additional links provide information about the seasonal wilfdfire outlook and agricultural impacts and reports.
Drought conditions in the United States as of August 1, 2018. The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Lincoln-Nebraska, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map Courtesy of NDMC-UNL.
The National Weather Service Climate Prediction Center provides operational predictions of climate variability over time scales ranging from a week in advance to an entire season as is technically feasible.
Precipitation forecasts from NOAA. Predictions range from a few weeks to a year in the future.
The State of California as well as the California Department of Food and Agriculture have web pages that provide California-specific drought resources, (such as links to the state water project) as well as portals to both state and federal assistance programs.