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Picture of mud cracks on the Blacks Fork, Wyoming (J. Wheeler, USGS).



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Wyoming DroughtWatch

The USGS monitors drought conditions at more than 100 streamgages across Wyoming. Included on this page are links to maps, tables, and charts that summarize current drought conditions using real-time data from USGS streamgages, photographs of current and historic drought, information on mobile applications for real-time USGS streamflow data, links to USGS drought publications and other resources for drought information.

Current Drought and Low Flow Data

Drought News

Drought Apps & Pubs

  • USGS WaterAlert: Real-time water data texted or emailed to you!
  • USGS StreaMail: Text or email a USGS streamgage!
  • Water--the Nation's Fundamental Climate Issue | Summary | Circular (3.3 MB) |
  • Effect of climate change and land use on water resources in the upper Colorado River basin | Summary | Fact Sheet (12.5 MB) |

Drought Photographs

Drought Links

  • National Integrated Drought Information System -- Portal
  • U.S. Drought Monitor -- Wyoming map: Updated every Thursday
  • NOAA Climate Prediction Center -- Drought outlook
  • NOAA National Climate Data Center drought recovery -- Precipitation needed
  • Wyoming State Climate Office -- Drought

The map below (from USGS's WaterWatch Web site) shows hydrologic units in Wyoming with 7-day average daily mean streamflow currently below the normal for the map date. Low flow conditions are expressed as percentiles comparing current average daily mean streamflow to historical daily mean streamflow. Real-time data are provisional and subject to change.

Map of Drought and Low-Flow Conditions in Wyoming

Map of drought and low-flow conditions.

Map explanation for below normal 7-day average streamflow condition map

View a larger map.

Recent drought photograph
^ North Fork Little Wind River near Fort Washakie - August 28, 2002, 23.8 ft3/sec (mean = 82.5). (J. Wheeler, USGS)

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