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
D0 Lawns and vegetation are brown
Crops and pastures show mild stress
D1 Crops and pastures show stress; corn germination is poor
Burn bans are issued; wildfires are reported
Increased algae and fungus growth is noted
Trees begin to show mild stress
D2 Hay yield is low; crop losses are reported; livestock need supplemental hay and water
Ponds, lakes, and river levels are low; boating hazards are found in lakes
Tress distressed, leaves wilting, pine trees turning brown
D3 Maintaining cattle and horses is very expensive, cost of food and water is very high; producers sell livestock
Creeks and ponds are completely dry; water shortages are widespread; water restrictions begin
D4 Hay hotline is put in place due to shortages; producers are hauling water
Water sources are extremely low

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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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