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

Intensity

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

Authors

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The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.

Statistics

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 Kentucky 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
D0Crops and pastures show mild stress
Lawns and vegetation are brown
D1Burn bans are issued; wildfires are reported
Crops and pastures show stress; corn germination is poor
Increased algae and fungus growth is noted
Trees begin to show mild stress
D2Hay 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
D3Creeks and ponds are completely dry; water shortages are widespread; water restrictions begin
Maintaining cattle and horses is very expensive, cost of food and water is very high; producers sell livestock
D4Hay hotline is put in place due to shortages; producers are hauling water
Water sources are extremely low

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