Map released: Thurs. July 18, 2024
Data valid: July 16, 2024 at 8 a.m. EDT


  • 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.


Statistics type ?
Week Date None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4 DSCI

Estimated Population in Drought Areas:

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 have the same experience during a drought. Below are examples of some of the impacts experienced in Kansas in the past. The process for developing this example impact table is described in Noel, M., Bathke, D., Fuchs, B., Gutzmer, D., Haigh, T., Hayes, M., Poděbradská, M., Shield, C., Smith, K. and Svoboda, M., 2020. Linking drought impacts to drought severity at the state level. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(8), pp.E1312-E1321. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0067.1. To view a more complete record, and to filter impacts by drought severity, sector and season, check out the interactive State Impacts Tool.

CategoryExamples of historically observed impacts
D1Fire danger increases
Pond levels are low; habitat is poor in migratory flyways
Wheat and grasses are drought stressed; hay demand increases
D2Blue-green algae impacts water supply; ponds and streams are dry
Burn bans are implemented; firework sales are banned; more grass fires occur
Wheat, corn, soybean, and hay yields are low; crops are severely damaged
D3Cattle sales are high; emergency grazing is opened; corn and wheat crops fail; pasture conditions are poor
Emergency water supplies are needed; river levels are low; municipal water restrictions are implemented
Major infestation of locusts occurs; quail and pheasant populations are reduced; trees are stressed
D4All aquatic species and food chains are affected; fish kills occur
All crops are severely impacted/not harvested; ground is cracking
Irrigation is turned off; river has dried up
Negative impact on economy is noted
Wildfires and large dust storms occur

How is drought affecting you?

Use the Condition Monitoring Observer Report (CMOR) system to let us know how dry, wet or normal conditions are affecting you, and see what others are saying.

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