Droughts are a constant source of hardship and worry, and have been throughout human history. While most in the developed world are not directly involved in food production, the impact of drought still impacts the prices of what we buy, and the availabilty of water for other uses.
There are several excellent sites on the internet that track drought conditions in various locations.
The Drought Monitor webpage is a great resource for those in the United States who would like to keep tabs on what parts of the country are a bit dry, or experiencing a severe drought. This site is updated weekly:
There is also a North American drought monitor site that extends the data to Canada and Mexico:
Finally, this site monitors conditions world-wide, updated monthly:
Dry Dirt in the Sonoran Desert.