Map released: Thurs. July 18, 2024
Data valid: July 16, 2024 at 8 a.m. EDT

Intensity

  • None
  • D0 (Abnormally Dry)
  • D1 (Moderate Drought)
  • D2 (Severe Drought)
  • D3 (Extreme Drought)
  • D4 (Exceptional Drought)
  • No Data

Authors

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Pacific Islands and Virgin Islands Author(s):

The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.

Statistics

Statistics type ?
Week Date None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4 DSCI

Estimated Population in Drought Areas:

Current Impacts


To see or report current drought impacts, please visit the Drought Impacts Toolkit, where you can find impacts from media in the Drought Impact Reporter and from citizen scientists and other volunteer observers under Condition Monitoring Observations.

Historic Impacts


No two states have the same experience during a drought. Below are examples of some of the impacts experienced in Alaska in the past. The process for developing this example impact table is described in Noel, M., Bathke, D., Fuchs, B., Gutzmer, D., Haigh, T., Hayes, M., Poděbradská, M., Shield, C., Smith, K. and Svoboda, M., 2020. Linking drought impacts to drought severity at the state level. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(8), pp.E1312-E1321. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0067.1. To view a more complete record, and to filter impacts by drought severity, sector and season, check out the interactive State Impacts Tool.

The drought impact tables displayed for the state of Alaska will be developed through a different methodology then those for the rest of the states. Alaska tables will be regional to include at a minimum the Southeast Alaska (temperate rainforest), South Central Alaska (cool, moist Mediterranean) and Interior Alaska (arctic) regions. They are based on a series of workshops held in Alaska and on expert opinion. The SE Alaska table is the first to be made available and others will come online as they are completed. These tables represent a starting point in our understanding of drought impacts in Alaska and will be updated as new information becomes available.

CategoryExamples of historically observed impacts
D0Hydropower conservation efforts to mitigate economic impacts
Some lingering water deficits
D1Fish hatcheries affected, increased wildlife interactions
Increased threat to forest health (pest/insect)
Recreation and fish migrations affected by low stream
Reservoirs/hydropower limitations; wells low; water shortages imminent (voluntary water-use restrictions)
D2Drinking water shortages common
Fish kills (low flow, high water temps)
Significant reduced hydropower generation
Water-use restrictions imposed (seafood processing plants, watering plants)
D3Drought emergency declaration
No hydropower generation
Widespread fish kills
Widespread water shortages or restrictions
D4Drought disaster declaration
Shortages of water in streams and wells creating water emergencies
Widespread no hydropower generation

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