U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. July 29, 2021
Data valid: July 27, 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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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
D1 Wheat and grasses are drought stressed; hay demand increases
Fire danger increases
Pond levels are low; habitat is poor in migratory flyways
D2 Wheat, corn, soybean, and hay yields are low; crops are severely damaged
Burn bans are implemented; firework sales are banned; more grass fires occur
Blue-green algae impacts water supply; ponds and streams are dry
D3 Cattle sales are high; emergency grazing is opened; corn and wheat crops fail; pasture conditions are poor
Major infestation of locusts occurs; quail and pheasant populations are reduced; trees are stressed
Emergency water supplies are needed; river levels are low; municipal water restrictions are implemented
D4 All crops are severely impacted/not harvested; ground is cracking
Wildfires and large dust storms occur
All aquatic species and food chains are affected; fish kills occur
Negative impact on economy is noted
Irrigation is turned off; river has dried up

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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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