U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. September 16, 2021
Data valid: September 14, 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 Soil moisture declines; lawns turn brown
D1 Row crops and pasture show drought stress
Fireworks are banned
Trees show drought stress; wildlife eat more crops
D2 Row crop and vegetable conditions are poor; hay yield is low; corn is baled for feed
Outdoor burn bans are implemented
Lawns go dormant; weeds grow faster
Farmers are stressed; agriculture industry is hurting
Power plant intake is compromised
Water levels in wells, ponds, rivers, and lakes are low; streamflow is below average; voluntary water conservation is requested
D3 Disease kills deer; fish are stressed
Vegetation is stressed
Well and reservoir levels are very low
D4 Feed prices are high; crop loss is widespread; livestock are culled
Wildlife are severely stressed; fish kills occur in lakes and rivers

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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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