Map released: Thurs. May 23, 2024
Data valid: May 21, 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 Arkansas 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.

CategoryExamples of historically observed impacts
D0Fire danger increases
D1Forage crops are stunted
More wildfires occur than normal
River levels decline
D2Burn bans begin
Crops are negatively impacted; some crops are not planted; hay yield is low; farmers begin feeding cattle early
Reservoirs decline; rivers are very low; rivers are dredged
D3Pastures are depleted; hay is short; cattle are sold
There are more insects than normal; trees show drought stress; wildlife seek food and water
There is not enough water to fight fires
Water shortages are noted; water table is low; stock ponds are dry
D4Crops have little or no yield; cattle weights are low; milk production is low
Daily life is impacted for outdoor workers
Trees and wildlife are dying
Voluntary water conservation is implemented; water is expensive

How is drought affecting you?

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