About the program

The purpose of the Living with Drought Program is to promote understanding of drought by connecting citizens natural resource managers to essential drought information, current research and resources that help to address and assess the impacts of drought in Nevada. The Living with Drought website provides a one-stop-shop for homeowners, gardeners, farmers, ranchers, natural resource managers and others to find all the information they need, including current drought status information; monthly and seasonal drought outlook maps; data and tools that can be used track and report drought impacts; and information about the basic types and causes of drought.

Report a drought impact

The program also facilitates drought impact reporting and landscape condition monitoring (e.g. low reservoir levels, poor rangeland conditions, increased groundwater use). This locally sourced data is used by scientists to better understand drought conditions across the Silver State, which helps to characterize local, regional and national depictions of drought. Collectively, these reports serve to improve drought assessment and reduce vulnerability to drought faced by individuals, communities, species and environments. If you would like to share local knowledge with others and communicate key issues of concern, please consider submitting a report. You can find more information on the Living with Drought website.

Program partners

Desert Research Institute, Eden Extension Disaster Network, Farm Service Agency Nevada, Natural Resources Conservation Service, Nevada Department of Agriculture, Nevada Division of Emergency Management, Nevada Division of Water Resources, Nevada State Climate Office, Southern Nevada Water Authority, Truckee Meadows Water Authority

News Articles, Fact Sheets, Reports...
snow in the sierras
Nevada's Weather and Climate
Weather and climate are related, but they are not the same. The difference between weather and climate is time. Practically speaking, weather determines which clothes you decide to put on today, but climate determines the type of clothes that are in your closet.
Ormerod, Kerri Jean; McAfee, Stephanie 2017, Extension | Fact Sheet 17-04
Men shoveling pine needles into a trailer
What is defensible space and how do I create some around my home?
University experts help homeowners to make homes more fire safe
Smith, E. and Andrews, A. 2019, Nevada Today

Learn more about the program's team

Kerri Jean Ormerod
Program Leader & Contact