Map released: Thurs. February 29, 2024
Data valid: February 27, 2024 at 7 a.m. EST

Intensity

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

Authors

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Pacific Islands and Virgin Islands Author(s):

The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.

Statistics

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 Idaho in the past. 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
D0Irrigation demand is higher than normal
Ski areas open later, visitation is lower, snowpack is lower
D1Deer are scrawny; bird population suffers due to loss of food and habitat; trees are stressed
Dryland hay and grain crop yields are low; other crops and pasture are in poor condition
Fire risk is elevated, fires spread easily
Well levels decline; reservoir levels are low; water shortages occur; water conservation programs are in place
D2Grazing season is shortened, vegetation is sparse; crops are left unharvested; feedlots are not profitable
Hydroelectric power is down; irrigation water allotments are significantly curtailed
River levels are very low
D3Dryland farms are left fallow; forage is limited; cattle herds are cut
Number of fires increase
Spring snowpack is very low

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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