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.
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.
How well does this table describe drought impacts in your state for each level of drought on the U.S.Drought Monitor ? Is anything missing ? Please fill out this survey to help improve the table.To submit observations about current drought conditions, please submit a Condition Monitoring Observer Report.
| D0 ||Topsoil moisture decreases; planting is delayed|
|Fire risk is elevated|
| D1 ||Crops are vulnerable; soil moisture is low|
|Gardens and lawns require more water|
|Stream and pond levels are lower; water temperatures increase|
|Tree stress begins|
| D2 ||Crops 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|
| D3 ||Majority of hay/grazing is lost|
|Outdoor burn bans are implemented|
|Landscaping business is negatively affected; agriculture suffers economic loss|
|Trees have early leaf drop|
|Ground is cracking|
|Rivers and livestock ponds are dry; wells are drying up; mandatory water conservation is implemented|
|Agriculture suffers economic loss|
| D4 ||Agriculture economy is severely impacted|
|Fire risk is high; fire activity increases|
|Tree mortality is high; army worm outbreaks occur|
|Hydroelectric power generation is significantly reduced|