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1539 Eleventh Ave. Helena, MT 59601
Phone: (406) 444-2074 | Fax: (406) 444-2684
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Drought Management

A one-stop-shop to assess drought and flood conditions plus learn about response resources.

Resource Links:

Drought Potential

US Drought Monitor

Palmer Drought Index

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) - Map and Data Viewer

National Weather Service (NWS) - Semi-monthly Drought Report

NWS - US Drought Seasonal Outlook

West Wide Drought Tracker

NWS -  Discussion for the Seasonal Drought Outlook

NOAA - Temp, Precip and Drought

Flood Potential

USGS - Water Watch

NWS - Advanced Hydrologic Prediction System for Flooding Information


NWS - Weather and Hazards Data Viewer

WestWide Drought Tracker - Standard Precipitation Index (SPI)

NWS - Current Statewide Precipitation Totals

NWS - Montana Weather/Precipitation Summary

High Plains Regional Climate Center - ACIS Maps


NOAA - Western Regional Climate Center - Climate Anomaly Maps and Tables

NOAA - National Climatic Data Center - State Annual and Seasonal Time Series

NOAA - National Centers for Environmental Information - Climatological Rankings


USGS - Water Watch 

USGS - Water Data Information

NRCS - Peak Streamflow Dates Forecast Table

NRCS - Montana Water Supply Outlook Report 

NOAA - River Forecast Center

Mountain Snowpack

NRCS - Interactive SNOTEL Map

Current SWSI Data

NRCS - Snow Survey Data and Analysis

NRCS - Current Water Year Data

NRCS - SNOTEL Update Report

NRCS - Basin Outlook Reports, Montana Water Supply Outlook Reports

Weather Forecasting

NWS - Weather and Hazards Data Viewer


MDT - Travel Conditions

KRTV - Interactive Radar

Climate Monitoring

International Research Institute (IRI) ENSO Forecast


NOAA Climate Prediction Center

NOAA Climate Monitoring

Climate Explorer 

NOAA, Climate Prediction Center

Northwest Climate Toolbox

Reservoir Storage

DNRC - State Water Projects Bureau

BOR - Great Plains Region, Montana Lakes and Reservoirs

BOR - Pacific Northwest Region, Hungry Horse

NRCS - State and Federal Water Storage Projects

Soil Moisture

National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) - Groundwater and Soil Moisture Conditions

Vegetation Drought Response Index

NOAA, Climate Prediction Center - Soil Moisture Outlooks

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS) - Soil Moisture

USDA - National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) - Crop Progress and Condition

Bureau of Reclamation - AGRImet

Montana Climate Office - HYDROmet (coming soon!)


Northern Rockies Coordination Center - Predictive Services

National Significant Wildfire Potential Outlook

Fisheries & Wildlife

FWP-Fishing Closures and Restrictions

FWP - Wildlife Drought Contingency Plan

FWP - Statewide Fisheries Management Plan

FWP - Dewatered Streams Information

Crops & Livestock

USDA - Montana Crop Progress Reports

NRCS - Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQUIP)

NRCS - Drought Information for Producers

FSA - Disaster Assistance Programs


Bureau of Reclamation (BOR) - WaterSMART Drought Response Program

USDA - Drought Programs and Assistance

NRCS - Conservation Funding Opportunities

FEMA - Pre-Disaster Hazard Mitigation

DNRC - Grants, Loans and Technical Support for Natural Resource Activities

FWP - Future Fisheries Grants for Fisheries Protection

Community Assistance

Contact State Drought Coordinator - Ada Montague

National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS)

National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC)

Montana Disaster and Emergency Services (DES)

Request State Reference Materials

Report Drought Impacts

Bozeman Drought Management Plan (coming soon!)

Big Hole Drought Management Plan

Blackfoot Challenge Drought Response Plan

Community Service Opportunities

Big Sky Watershed Corps

Soil and Water Conservation Districts of Montana

Montana Watershed Coordination Council

ServeMontana, Governor's Office of Community Service

NOAA - Cooperative Observeration Program

Cooperative Fire Reporting

Local Contacts

Montana Watershed Directory

Conservation District Directory

Farm Service Agents

Montana Extension Service Agents

Montana Disaster Emergency Services

Groundwater Report for 2016:

(Click Below)


Water Year (Oct. - Sept.) 2016 in Reveiw:

(Click Below)

Water Year 2016 Summary Report

Water Supply Reports
During the Growing Season (March - October):
US Drought Monitor

Feb. 7, 2017 USDM

Surface Water Supply Index (SWSI)

Feb. 1, 2017 SWSI

Montana Drought Status by County

Montana Drought Status by County: January 2017

How does the US Drought Monitor work in Montana?

Applications Used in making the United States Drought Monitor