U.S. Drought Monitor

Drought is one of the most costly natural disasters affecting the United States. The National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) helps the nation and North America understand and proactively prepare for drought by providing data and information about the extent and potential impacts of drought and associated risks. The system provides a variety of decision support tools to help people prepare for and mitigate the effects of drought.

U.S. Record-Setting Events

This NOAA National Climatic Data Center tool allows users to look up record-setting events for a given day, month, or all time.  Specifically, users can look for record highest minimum or maximum temperature, lowest min/max temperature, precipitation, or snowfall.  This information is available for individual U.S. states, U.S. regions, and U.S. territories. 

Storm Data

NOAA's National Climatic Data Center issues monthly storm data containing a chronological listing, by states, of storm occurrences and unusual weather phenomena. Reports contain information on storm paths, deaths, injuries, and property damage. An "Outstanding storms of the month" section highlights severe weather events with photographs, illustrations, and narratives. Users may also search the NCDC Storm Event database to find various types of storms recorded in your county or use other selection criteria as desired.

Climate Showcase Communities Program

A database of model clean energy projects implemented in 50 diverse communities across the U.S. highlighted by the Environmental Protection Agency. The site also contains tools and resources for communities looking to start greenhouse reduction projects on their own.

NOAA Energy

Information about the energy related programs and resources within NOAA. These resources include NOAA's renewable energy program, wind forecast improvements, and solar resource database.

Shoreline Management Toolbox

A suite of tools that provides guidance on addressing issues such as coastal erosion and sea level rise.

Climate Change 2007: Mitigation of Climate Change

A comprehensive scientific assessment providing an in-depth analysis of the costs and benefits of different approaches to mitigating and avoiding climate change.

Heat Index Forecasts

Heat index products are issued from the medium-range forecast function of the Hydrological Prediction Center for days 3 through 7 during the period from May 1 through September 30. With the exception of day 3, these products are based on an ensemble of model and human forecasts. Graphic plots display the cities for which the heat index forecast is interpolated, as well as shaded contours indicating the probability of the daily maximum, daily minimum, and daily mean heat index reaching or exceeding a specific threshold. 

Crop Moisture Stress Index

A measure of the effects of drought and catastrophic wetness on national crop yields for corn and soy.

When Every Drop Counts: Protecting Public Health During Drought Conditions—A Guide for Public Health Professionals

This publication, by the Centers for Disease Control, is intended to assist public health officials, practitioners, and other stakeholders in their efforts first to understand and then to prepare for drought in their communities. It provides information about how drought affects public health, recommends steps to help mitigate the health effects of drought, identifies future needs for research and other drought related activities, and provides a list of helpful resources and tools.

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