Map released: Thurs. February 22, 2024
Data valid: February 20, 2024 at 7 a.m. EST

Intensity

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

Authors

United States and Puerto Rico Author(s):

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 Florida in the past. 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
D0Increased landscape irrigation is needed; voluntary water conservation is requested
Small brush fires increase
D1Burn bans are possible
Trees and bushes begin browning
Water supply decreases
D2Air and water quality are poor; water salinity is high; river and lake levels are low
Bears and snakes change food and water habitats
Large increase of wildfire abundance; fire danger is elevated; burn bans are implemented
Lawns and landscapes go dormant
Pasture is drying, hay yields are low
D3Fire danger is extreme; fire restrictions increase
Fish kills occur; toxic algae blooms appear
Ground water declines; Lake Okeechobee is extremely low
Nesting bird populations grow with increased nesting area; mosquitoes increase
Saltwater species replace freshwater species; sea intrusion
D4Ground water declines rapidly
Large municipalities use alternative water sources, borrow water

How is drought affecting you?

Use the Condition Monitoring Observer Report (CMOR) system to let us know how dry, wet or normal conditions are affecting you, and see what others are saying.

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