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NOAA Web sites
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's "Drought Information Centre" Web site is "a roundup of the various NOAA Web sites and information on drought and climate conditions". It provides breaking news, including current drought assessments of various kinds; weekly and monthly roundups; links to Web sites with information about drought; and considerable background information in sections entitled "All about Drought", "Normal Precipitation for US Stations", "Billion Dollar Weather Disasters", "All about Heat Waves", and "Fire Potential".
The torrents of Hurricane Floyd notwithstanding, this year the mid-Atlantic region of the USA suffered its worst drought in 30 years. To address that disaster, the US Geological Survey (USGS) has developed this Web site "Drought Watch '99", which monitors water levels and rain prospects across the country. The drought, according to the USGS, will probably go down as one of the region's three worst this century. The site was launched in June, is updated every four hours, and includes information about water levels and rainfall trends nationwide.
National Drought Mitigation Centre
The National Drought Mitigation Centre at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln has added a "Drought Watch" section to its already extensive Web site in order to provide additional information about ongoing drought problems in the USA. These pages include links to many other sites monitoring current droughts, as well as to forecasts, information on global climate and drought monitoring, details about current drought-related impacts and humanitarian issues, and other drought news. Thus, the site is a clearinghouse for the many drought information resources now available on the Internet.