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Map released: Thurs. February 18, 2021
Data valid: February 16, 2021 at 7 a.m. EST

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

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.

CategoryImpact
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

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