U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. May 19, 2022
Data valid: May 17, 2022 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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Statistics

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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 Grass fires increase
D1 Farmers plant fewer crops
Fire risk increases
D2 Grass is not growing; ground is cracking; grazing forage is lost
Trees are stressed
Creeks and bayou water levels are low
D3 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
Burn and firework bans are implemented; fires are difficult to extinguish
Water pressure is low; voluntary water restrictions are requested
Allergies worsen; air quality is poor
D4 Pasture and crop loss is widespread
Mosquito numbers decrease
Fishing is compromised
Water shortages and restrictions are implemented

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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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