Drought in Nevada

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Ongoing drought, in Nevada and across the West, will require scientists to develop new ideas and techniques for measuring, monitoring, modeling, and managing water resources. NVWSC has the capabilities to meet these challenges with our extensive scientific expertise in data collection, modeling, and research. We also are creating new ways to provide data to the public and stakeholders through print and the internet. 

Nevada Water Science Center Drought Contributions Fact Sheet

NEVADA WATER SCIENCE CENTER DROUGHT SCIENCE

Ongoing drought, in Nevada and across the West, will require scientists to develop new ideas and techniques for measuring, monitoring, modeling, and managing water resources. NVWSC has the capabilities to meet these challenges with our extensive scientific expertise in data collection, modeling, and research. We also are creating new ways to provide data to the public and stakeholders through print and the internet. The brochure, “Drought Science Contributions,” has additional details about our commitment to water-resources challenges and is available from the link below.

 

USGS DATA RESOURCES

Current Conditions :: Surface Water :: Ground Water :: Water Quality :: Water Use

 

USGS DROUGHT RESOURCES

Screen shot of the climate response network

Climate Response Network

USGS maintains a network of wells to monitor the effects of droughts and other climate variability on groundwater levels. The network consists of about 200 wells monitored that are fully funded by the USGS Groundwater and Streamflow Information Program, supplemented by funded wells in some States monitored from State, Local, Regional, and Tribal partners with USGS Cooperative Matching Funds, or with funded wells from other Federal partners.

 

Screen shot of below normal groundwater levels

Below Normal Groundwater Levels

A well with below normal groundwater levels is identified on these pages when the most recent water-level measurement is in the 24th percentile or lower in the month of measurement over the period of record for the well. To be included on this map in red or orange, the well must be in an active measurement program (the well appears on the Active Groundwater Level Network) and the well must have 10 or more years of record in the month of the most recent measurement. 

 

Screen shot of the USGS Droughtwatch map

WaterWatch

WaterWatch is a national USGS web site that provides information about extreme hydrologic events like droughts.

Drought information includes maps of below normal average streamflow compared to historical streamflow for 7-day14-day28-day, and monthly averages.

 

ADDITIONAL DROUGHT RESOURCES

Screen shot of the VegDRI and QuickDRI tools

Quick Drought Response Index (QuickDRI) and Vegetation Drought Response Index (VegDRI)

QuickDRI and VegDRI are complementary drought monitoring tools that show drought patterns at relatively high spatial detail compared to traditional drought indicators. Both of these tools are weekly drought indicators. QuickDRI is a monitoring tool for quick onset and rapidly evolving drought conditions. VegDRI is a tool that looks at longer data sets and provides information about the condition of vegetation on the land. 

 

US Drought Monitor Map

United States Drought Monitor

The U.S. Drought Monitor, established in 1999, is a weekly map of drought conditions produced jointly by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The U.S. Drought Monitor website is hosted and maintained by the drought center.

 

Screen shot of the US Seasonal Drought Outlook

National Weather Service U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook

This map depicts large-scale trends based on subjectively derived probabilities guided by short- and long-range statistical and dynamical forecasts. Use caution for applications that can be affected by short lived events. "Ongoing" drought areas are based on the U.S. Drought Monitor.

 

Screen shot of National Drought Mitigation Center

National Drought Mitigation Center

The National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC), established at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1995, helps people and institutions develop and implement measures to reduce societal vulnerability to drought, stressing preparedness and risk management rather than crisis management.