What is the Condition Monitoring Observer Reports on Drought tool?
The Condition Monitoring Observer Reports on Drought (CMOR-Drought) is a tool that allows citizen scientists to submit observation reports relating to drought, which are presented in a map that can be used to view and access submitted information and attachments.
The tool is provided by the National Drought Mitigation Center (NDMC) in partnership with the National Integrated Drought Information System (NIDIS). The USDA Caribbean Climate Hub collaborates with NDMC to make the tool and promotional materials available in Spanish. To visit the CMOR website, click here.
Why is the CMOR tool important?
Your reports help us understand how drought is affecting local conditions. They appear on a map. The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) author may consult the CMOR map to help identify areas that need more attention. The USDM triggers drought responses, including the USDA Livestock Forage Disaster Program. State agencies, including emergency management and public safety, may also make use of maps to know where to direct assistance.
How often should you report?
We recommend that you submit a photo each month or each season, to provide an ongoing comparison of wet, dry and normal conditions. More frequent submissions are also welcome.
How can I submit a report?
Please refer to the factsheet on this page for detailed instructions on report submission.