Map released: Thurs. July 18, 2024
Data valid: July 16, 2024 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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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 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 Georgia in the past. The process for developing this example impact table is described in Noel, M., Bathke, D., Fuchs, B., Gutzmer, D., Haigh, T., Hayes, M., Poděbradská, M., Shield, C., Smith, K. and Svoboda, M., 2020. Linking drought impacts to drought severity at the state level. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(8), pp.E1312-E1321. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0067.1. 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
D0Fire risk is elevated
Topsoil moisture decreases; planting is delayed
D1Crops are vulnerable; soil moisture is low
Gardens and lawns require more water
Stream and pond levels are lower; water temperatures increase
Tree stress begins
D2Crops are stressed; hay yield is low; producers feed cattle early; planting is delayed; soil is hard; conditions are dustier than usual
Drought mitigation; water conservation education
Small streams dry up; rivers are very low
Tree mortality begins
D3Agriculture suffers economic loss
Ground is cracking
Landscaping business is negatively affected; agriculture suffers economic loss
Majority of hay/grazing is lost
Outdoor burn bans are implemented
Rivers and livestock ponds are dry; wells are drying up; mandatory water conservation is implemented
Trees have early leaf drop
D4Agriculture economy is severely impacted
Fire risk is high; fire activity increases
Hydroelectric power generation is significantly reduced
Tree mortality is high; army worm outbreaks occur

How is drought affecting you?

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