Map released: Thurs. April 15, 2021
Data valid: April 13, 2021 at 8 a.m. EDT


  • 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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Estimated Population in Drought Areas:

Potential 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.

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.

How well does this table describe drought impacts in your state for each level of drought on the U.S.Drought Monitor ? Is anything missing ? Please fill out this survey to help improve the table.To submit observations about current drought conditions, please submit a Condition Monitoring Observer Report.

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
D4 Minnesota has had little or no experience in D4 so no impacts have been recorded at that level in the Drought Impact

Drought Impact Reporter

How is drought affecting you? Submit drought impact and condition reports via the Drought Impact Reporter.

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