Map released: Thurs. December 3, 2020
Data valid: December 1, 2020 at 7 a.m. EST


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


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

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Potential Impacts

The state table below highlights common impacts reported in the state. For more impact details, please visit the Drought Impact Reporter.

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D0 Crop growth is stunted; planting is delayed
Fire danger is elevated; spring fire season starts early
Lawns brown early; gardens begin to wilt
Surface water levels decline
D1 Irrigation use increases; hay and grain yields are lower than normal
Honey production declines
Wildfires and ground fires increase
Trees and landscaping are stressed; fish are stressed
Voluntary water conservation is requested; reservoir and lake levels are below normal capacity
D2 Specialty crops are impacted in both yield and fruit size
Producers begin feeding cattle; hay prices are high
Warnings are issued on outdoor burns; air quality is poor
Golf courses conserve water
Trees are brittle and susceptible to insects
Fish kills occur; wildlife move to farms for food
Water quality is poor; groundwater is declining; irrigation ponds are dry; outdoor water restrictions are implemented
D3 Crop loss is widespread; Christmas tree farms are stressed; dairy farmers are struggling financially
Well drillers and bulk water haulers see increased business
Water recreation and hunting are modified; wildlife disease outbreak is observed
Extremely reduced flow to ceased flow of water is observed; river temperatures are warm; wells are running dry; people are digging more and deeper wells
D4 Maine has had little or no experience in D4 so no impacts have been recorded at that level in the Drought Impact Reporter

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