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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 Irrigation demand is higher than normal
Ski areas open later, visitation is lower, snowpack is lower
D1 Dryland hay and grain crop yields are low; other crops and pasture are in poor condition
Well levels decline; reservoir levels are low; water shortages occur; water conservation programs are in place
Fire risk is elevated, fires spread easily
Deer are scrawny; bird population suffers due to loss of food and habitat; trees are stressed
D2 Grazing season is shortened, vegetation is sparse; crops are left unharvested; feedlots are not profitable
River levels are very low
Hydroelectric power is down; irrigation water allotments are significantly curtailed
D3 Dryland farms are left fallow; forage is limited; cattle herds are cut
Spring snowpack is very low
Number of fires increase
D4 Ski resorts lose revenue
Fire danger is high
Hydropower generation is affected; power companies may raise rates and/or purchase alternative power
Crop production is down
Trees are stressed and threatened by insect infestation
Fish and wildlife populations decrease; habitats are degraded

Drought Impact Reporter

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

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