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Map released: Thurs. January 21, 2021
Data valid: January 19, 2021 at 7 a.m. EST

Intensity:

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

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


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Potential Impacts

No two states experience the same set of impacts during a drought.We developed tables of impacts reported during past droughts in each state for each level of drought on the U.S.Drought Monitor.These state - specific possible impacts complement the general, national possible impacts column of the U.S.Drought Monitor Classification Scheme.

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.

How well does this table describe drought impacts in your state for each level of drought on the U.S.Drought Monitor ? Is anything missing ? Please fill out this survey to help improve the table.To submit observations about current drought conditions, please submit a Condition Monitoring Observer Report.

CategoryImpact
D0 Fire danger increases
D1 Forage crops are stunted
River levels decline
More wildfires occur than normal
D2 Crops are negatively impacted; some crops are not planted; hay yield is low; farmers begin feeding cattle early
Burn bans begin
Reservoirs decline; rivers are very low; rivers are dredged
D3 Pastures are depleted; hay is short; cattle are sold
There are more insects than normal; trees show drought stress; wildlife seek food and water
Water shortages are noted; water table is low; stock ponds are dry
There is not enough water to fight fires
D4 Crops have little or no yield; cattle weights are low; milk production is low
Trees and wildlife are dying
Daily life is impacted for outdoor workers
Voluntary water conservation is implemented; water is expensive

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How is drought affecting you? Submit drought impact and condition reports via the Drought Impact Reporter.

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