Map released: Thurs. May 23, 2024
Data valid: May 21, 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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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 Iowa 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
D0Corn shows drought stress; soil is dry
D1Grasses are brown; more grass fires occur; burn bans are issued
Pond levels decline
Soybeans abort pods; corn test weights are struggling
D2Dryland corn has extremely low yields; commodity shortages are noted; livestock is stressed
Fewer mosquitoes are observed
Fire danger is high
Surface water levels are low; algae blooms increase; voluntary water conservation is requested
D3Pastures are dry; producers sell cattle; crops are tested for toxins; crops have pest infestation
Seasonal allergies are worse; farmers are stressed about high feed prices
Trees drop leaves; acorns are underdeveloped
Warm water leads to fish kills; streambeds are low to dry
D4Aquatic invertebrates in waterways increase
Extreme measures are taken to conserve water
Row crop yields and forage production have significant impacts

How is drought affecting you?

Use the Condition Monitoring Observer Report (CMOR) system to let us know how dry, wet or normal conditions are affecting you, and see what others are saying.

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