Climate of November 2012

U.S. Drought Indicators

National Climatic Data Center, 17 December 2012

The data presented in this drought report are preliminary. Ranks, anomalies, and percent areas may change as more complete data are received and processed.

Several climate indicators are used to monitor drought in the United States. These indicators include:


Palmer-based Indicators

Map showing the Palmer Z Index Map showing the Palmer Hydrological Drought Index

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Standardized Precipitation Index

Map showing Standardized Precipitation Index Map showing Standardized Precipitation Index
Map showing Standardized Precipitation Index Map showing Standardized Precipitation Index

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Maps showing the long-term percent-of-normal precipitation

Map showing Percent of Normal Precipitation for last 48 months Map showing Percent of Normal Precipitation for last 60 months

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Maps showing percent-of-normal precipitation for airport stations

Map showing Percent of Normal Precipitation for current month Map showing Percent of Normal Precipitation for last 3 months

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Statewide Precipitation Ranks
Map showing Statewide Precipitation Ranks Map showing Statewide Precipitation Ranks
Map showing Statewide Precipitation Ranks Map showing Statewide Precipitation Ranks

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Maps Provided by the NOAA Regional Climate Centers (HPRCC)
Map showing 24-Month Percent of Normal Precipitation Map showing 36-Month Percent of Normal Precipitation

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National Weather Service Leaky Bucket Model
Map showing North America Leaky Bucket Model Soil Moisture Percentiles

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Contacts & Questions
For additional, or more localized, drought information, please visit:
For further information about this web page, please contact:
Climate Services and Monitoring Division
NOAA/National Climatic Data Center
151 Patton Avenue
Asheville, NC 28801-5001
fax: +1-828-271-4876
phone: +1-828-271-4800
email: ncdc.info@noaa.gov
To request climate data, please E-mail: ncdc.orders@noaa.gov

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