Current Climate and Drought Monitoring
The observing networks described on the Observed Climate Records page were primarily set up to provide weather and climate monitoring on hourly to seasonal timescales. Further processing and analysis of these data creates climate products that are useful for monitoring the onset and persistence of drought and the status of water resources, such as Palmer Drought Index, Standardized Precipitation Index, and the U.S Drought Monitor.
The most recent weather observations (hours to days)
MesoWest - University of Utah - Map-based display of observations from NWS COOP, RAWS, and SNOTEL networks. Users can select a state or region, the network(s) and the weather variable(s) to display.
CoCoRAHS (Community Collaborative Rain and Hail Study) - Daily observations of rain, hail, and snow from hundreds of citizen-observers across the region and the U.S.
Recent climate and drought data (days to months)
Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) Maps - Western Regional Climate Center (WRCC) - Maps and time-series of SPI for various time scales (SPI tells you how unusual a given precipitation anomaly is, relative to the entire record)
State and regional monthly climate summaries
Drought Status Briefing for Colorado and the Upper Colorado Basin – Colorado Cimate Center and NIDIS - Weekly to monthly webinar (depending on season); PDF of presentations posted after each webinar