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Map released: Thurs. January 21, 2021
Data valid: January 19, 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 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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