U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. October 14, 2021
Data valid: October 12, 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 Soil moisture is low; pasture and row crops are stressed
Fire danger increases
Weather is good for construction projects
Lake and river levels decline; water temperatures rise
D1 Winter snow events are canceled
River and lake levels are lower than normal
D2 Ground is hard; seed corn is short; feed is expensive; crop yields are low
Fire danger is high; burn permits are required
Landscaping is stressed; leaves change colors early
Bears search for food; trout runs are hampered; fish kills occur
River flow is very low; snowpack is significantly lower; well levels decrease
D3 Corn is harvested early; emergency haying and grazing are authorized
Wildfires are widespread
Surface waters are near record lows

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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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