Map released: Thurs. July 18, 2024
Data valid: July 16, 2024 at 8 a.m. EDT


  • 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.


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 Missouri 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
D0Canoe business declines
Fires increase
Landscaping is stressed; lawns are brown; birds show signs of stress
Pasture and row crop growth is stunted; planting is delayed
River levels decline
D1Fire threat increases; burn bans begin
Pond and river levels decline
Topsoil is dry; corn yield is small; pastures are not growing; crops are stressed
Urban watering is extensive
D2Soil cracks are large and deep; corn and soybeans are cut for silage
Surface water levels are very low; low reservoirs are noticeable; voluntary city water restrictions are requested
Trees are stressed
Vegetable produce is smaller and yields are decreased
D3Building foundation damage occurs
Burn bans are common; fires spread easily
Corn is high in nitrates; major crop loss is reported; hay and water for cattle is limited; hay is expensive; producers are hauling water
Mature tree death is common; insect populations decrease; fish kills occur
Ponds are dried; wells are drying; large lakes and reservoirs are extremely low; mandatory water restrictions are implemented
D4Agriculture loss is widespread
Bird hunting decreases
Cattle sales increase; cattle are lighter at auctions; producers are culling; premature birthing is reported
Landscape goes dormant
People are digging deeper and more wells, extending pipelines; Lack of hydropower causes electrical failures
People are in a state of desperation

How is drought affecting you?

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