U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. October 14, 2021
Data valid: October 12, 2021 at 8 a.m. EDT

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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Statistics

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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 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.

CategoryHistorically observed impacts
D0 Corn shows drought stress; soil is dry
D1 Soybeans abort pods; corn test weights are struggling
Grasses are brown; more grass fires occur; burn bans are issued
Pond levels decline
D2 Dryland corn has extremely low yields; commodity shortages are noted; livestock is stressed
Fire danger is high
Fewer mosquitoes are observed
Surface water levels are low; algae blooms increase; voluntary water conservation is requested
D3 Pastures 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
D4 Row crop yields and forage production have significant impacts
Extreme measures are taken to conserve water
Aquatic invertebrates in waterways increase

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Drought Impact Reporter

How is drought affecting you? Submit drought impact and condition reports via the Drought Impact Reporter.

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