Map released: Thurs. February 18, 2021
Data valid: February 16, 2021 at 7 a.m. EST


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


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.

D0 Dryland crops and rangeland are stressed
Lawns are brown; gardens are watered more frequently
D1 Crop growth is stunted; supplemental feed for livestock begins
Blue-green algae blooms appear
Creek and pond levels are low
D2 Corn and soybeans are in poor condition; irrigation increases; hay and crop yields are low
Wildlife encroach on urban areas for water
Lawns go dormant
County-level burn bans are implemented; brush fires occur more frequently
Creeks, ponds and wetlands are dry; lake levels drop; well levels are low; water restrictions begin
D3 Corn is a total loss with no ears; corn is cut for feed; soybeans are severely dry; supplemental hay for livestock is increased; other row crops are impacted
Farmers’ markets are curtailed or canceled
Fireworks are banned; fire departments are strained
Gardening businesses struggle
Trees and shrubs show drought stress or are dying; deer disease increases; fish kills occur; vegetation is dying
Lake and reservoir levels are very low
D4 Farmers sell cattle; feed costs are high; producers haul hay from outside of the state
Communities and businesses tied to water activities and agriculture experience economic losses
Water restrictions are implemented statewide; water shortage warnings are issued statewide

Drought Impact Reporter

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

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