Historical Palmer Drought Indices


Monthly maps of drought conditions in the contiguous U.S. as measured by the Palmer Drought Severity Index, Palmer Hydrological Drought Index, Palmer Modified Drought Index, and Palmer Z-Index (Palmer, 1965) are provided for January 1900—August 2015. Animations of any set of monthly maps for any period desired can be viewed by selecting the beginning and ending dates of interest.

NCEI added Alaska climate divisions to its nClimDiv dataset on Friday, March 6, 2015, coincident with the release of the February 2015 monthly monitoring report. For more information on this data, please visit the Alaska Climate Divisions FAQ.

Palmer Z-Index
June 2012

June 2012 Palmer Z-Index

Data File: Palmer Z-Index Divisional Data