U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. July 29, 2021
Data valid: July 27, 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 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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Drought Impact Reporter

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

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