U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. May 19, 2022
Data valid: May 17, 2022 at 8 a.m. EDT


  • 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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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 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.

CategoryHistorically observed impacts
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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Drought Impact Reporter

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

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