Drought and Climate in Nevada
Meteorological drought, which is the dominance of abnormally dry weather, is a natural and persistent feature of Nevada's climate. Weather and climate are influenced and defined by a number of factors, including atmospheric pressure, winds, ocean currents, temperature and elevation. Nevada's climate is as varied as the landscape. Like many arid western states, Nevada relies on snowpack for a large portion of its water supply, including users in Southern Nevada who receive most of their water from the Colorado River. The timing of snowmelt (and consequently of peak flows in streams) is critically important for sustaining habitat and providing adequate water for wildlife, and rural, suburban, and urban residents.
Helpful Links & Resources
- Climate Hub for the Southwest (USDA)
- DroughtScape - Quarterly newsletter (NDMC)
- Dry Horizons - Monthly newsletter (NDMC)
- Drought Tracker - (CNAP)
- National Climate Assessment (4th) - US Southwest (US Global Change Program)
- National Drought Mitigation Center (University of Nebraska - Lincoln)
- State of the Climate - Drought (NOAA)
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