Living with Drought

Welcome to Extension’s Living with Drought website. Our goal is to connect Nevadans with resources to help prepare for, respond to, and recover from drought. 

Current Drought Conditions in Nevada

The Nevada Drought Update is created by the State Climate Office to provide a statewide drought summary. This report is updated monthly during widespread extreme or exceptional drought in Nevada.

The data used to create the map below can be found at the US Drought Monitor, along with more maps and visualization tools. This map is updated every Thursday and represents the most up-to-date information.

Nevada Drought Monitor Map

What is drought?

The definition of “drought” varies depending on the context in which it is used. Simply put, drought can be defined as insufficient water to meet needs.

What resources are available for dealing with drought?

Drought affects people and nature. Our vulnerability to drought often depends on the resources that are available to respond to current conditions.

Is drought impacting you or your community?

Drought is influenced by several factors, including below-normal snow or rainfall, geography, temperature, soil moisture, water demand, and water management. As a result, drought can impact our communities and our environment in wide-ranging ways.

You can help - Tell us how drought affects you

On-the-ground reports from are an important resource for understanding the varying effects of drought across the Silver State. Are you interested in helping scientists understand drought? If so, you can report your conditions.