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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 Forage is limited; soil is dry
Fire risk increases
D1 Plants are stressed; hillsides are unusually brown
Stock ponds and creeks are nearly dry; some springs are dry
D2 Water and feed are inadequate for livestock
Fire danger is high; fire crews are mobilizing
Little forage remains for wildlife; pine trees are losing needles
D3 Ranching operations are affected
Fire preparedness increases; fire restrictions are implemented early
Skiing tourism is low; snowpack is extremely low
Wildlife encroach on developed areas in search of food and water
Native plants are stressed
Livestock do not have adequate water; runoff is short; conditions are dusty
D4 Fire restrictions increase; large fires occur year-round
Vegetation green-up is poor; native plants are dying
Lakes, ponds, and streams are dry

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