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Map released: Thurs. December 5, 2019
Data valid: December 3, 2019 at 7 a.m. EST

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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Potential Impacts

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CategoryImpact
D0 Pasture and row crop growth is stunted; planting is delayed
Fires increase
Canoe business declines
Landscaping is stressed; lawns are brown; birds show signs of stress
River levels decline
D1 Topsoil is dry; corn yield is small; pastures are not growing; crops are stressed
Urban watering is extensive
Fire threat increases; burn bans begin
Pond and river levels decline
D2 Soil cracks are large and deep; corn and soybeans are cut for silage
Vegetable produce is smaller and yields are decreased
Trees are stressed
Surface water levels are very low; low reservoirs are noticeable; voluntary city water restrictions are requested
D3 Corn is high in nitrates; major crop loss is reported; hay and water for cattle is limited; hay is expensive; producers are hauling water
Burn bans are common; fires spread easily
Mature tree death is common; insect populations decrease; fish kills occur
Building foundation damage occurs
Ponds are dried; wells are drying; large lakes and reservoirs are extremely low; mandatory water restrictions are implemented
D4 Agriculture loss is widespread
Cattle sales increase; cattle are lighter at auctions; producers are culling; premature birthing is reported
Bird hunting decreases
People are in a state of desperation
Landscape goes dormant
People are digging deeper and more wells, extending pipelines; Lack of hydropower causes electrical failures

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