National Drought Mitigation Center
January 31, 2006 8:00 AM   Subscribe

Ever think about drought? The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) "helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought. The NDMC, based at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, stresses preparation and risk management rather than crisis management." Lots of interesting things in here, like the drought maps that stretch back to 1895, and the Standardized Precipitation Index Maps. You can also check the Drought Monitor to see how dry things are as of last Thursday. [via the excellent j-walk blog]
posted by Irontom (7 comments total)
Drought for Kids.
posted by fochsenhirt at 8:37 AM on January 31, 2006

Fascinating stuff, thanks.
posted by LarryC at 8:51 AM on January 31, 2006

Drought's a big deal here in South Texas. South Texas weather is best described as "long periods of dought, broken up by extreme flooding."
posted by geekgal at 9:41 AM on January 31, 2006

We're moving to Austin in June/July. It's the reason this piqued my interest this morning when I ran across it.
posted by Irontom at 9:46 AM on January 31, 2006

Interesting. Drought's been news in Utah for a while... but I was a bit surprised to find a good chunk of the breadbasket states covered by color on that "monitor" map....
posted by weston at 9:47 AM on January 31, 2006

Irontom: Depending where and how you'll live, you may want to look into the Austin Xeriscape initiative.
posted by alumshubby at 11:38 AM on January 31, 2006

What the? Why is it so dry in Chicagoland?
posted by Smedleyman at 3:26 PM on January 31, 2006

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