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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Pacific Islands and Virgin Islands Author(s):

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 Louisiana 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
D0Grass fires increase
D1Farmers plant fewer crops
Fire risk increases
D2Creeks and bayou water levels are low
Grass is not growing; ground is cracking; grazing forage is lost
Trees are stressed
D3Allergies worsen; air quality is poor
Burn and firework bans are implemented; fires are difficult to extinguish
Rice crop is expensive to maintain; soybean yields are reduced; rye growth is stunted
Saltwater intrudes into rivers; rivers are too salty for irrigation
Trees are drought stressed; crawfish population is low
Water pressure is low; voluntary water restrictions are requested
D4Fishing is compromised
Mosquito numbers decrease
Pasture and crop loss is widespread
Water shortages and restrictions are implemented

How is drought affecting you?

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