Map released: Thurs. October 22, 2020
Data valid: October 20, 2020 at 8 a.m. EDT


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


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

The state table below highlights common impacts reported in the state. For more impact details, please visit the Drought Impact Reporter.

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D0 Corn quality declines; less water is available for irrigation
Hiking trails are noticeably dry with soil erosion
D1 Pasture and crop growth is stunted; farmers are not allowed to use reservoir water for irrigation
Concerns about fire danger increase
More bugs observed than normal
Water levels decline; voluntary water restrictions are issued; reservoir levels are depleted in high elevations
D2 Pasture conditions are very dry/poor; cattle health is poor; protea, coffee bean, sugar cane crops struggle
Fire danger is high
Reservoir levels are low; springs are dried up; mandatory water restrictions are implemented
D3 Producers cull cattle, buy supplements and haul water for livestock
Fires spread rapidly; outdoor burn bans are implemented
Trees are dry and dropping leaves; feral donkeys move into populated areas
Sugar cane producer lays off many employees
Water production is reduced
D4 Cattle die; cattle conception rates are reduced
Specialty crops, orchards are dying
Hunting areas and hiking trails may be closed due to increased fire danger
Tree beetle populations decline
Surface water is severely impacted

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