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Drought Information

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The Great Basin Weather and Climate Dashboard is a single stop for climate and weather information. It includes real time updates from the U.S. Drought Monitor, Western Regional Climate Center, National Weather Service and others.

US Drought Monitor Photo      US Seasonal Drought Outlook Photo
U.S. Drought Monitor and U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook


US Drought Severity Index Photo

Long Term Palmer Drought Severity Index

This web site provides BLM Nevada’s drought information and direction. It is intended for use by BLM personnel, public land users, and the public. While other topics will appear on this web site, the main subjects will be precipitation, expected plant growth, and livestock grazing management. BLM authorizes livestock grazing on most of the public lands in Nevada. Drought has two obvious impacts on public land grazing, reduced forage production and reduced amount and availability of drinking water. Both situations have repercussions beyond range management. Sometimes livestock management has to be modified in response to drought, and sometimes it can be used to manage drought impacts. 

In the Great Basin precipitation occurs November through May that determines the amount of vegetation produced in the next growing season. The Natural Resources Conservation Service’s (NRCS) snow surveys are read monthly from January through April ( This is one of the better predictors of water availability in Nevada. By May most grazing management decisions have been made.


BLM Nevada Drought Guidance

Nevada Drought Handbook NVH-1730-1

Drought Management Action Plan (2/19/2013)

Instruction Memorandum No. 2013-094 Resource Management During Drought

Draft Drought Management Environmental Assessments

Elko District

Completed Drought Management Environmental Assessments

Battle Mountain District

Carson City District

Ely District

Winnemucca District