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Map released: Thurs. October 17, 2019
Data valid: October 15, 2019 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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Potential Impacts

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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

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