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Map released: Thurs. October 17, 2019
Data valid: October 15, 2019 at 8 a.m. EDT

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

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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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