Map released: Thurs. September 28, 2023
Data valid: September 26, 2023 at 8 a.m. EDT

Intensity

  • None
  • D0 (Abnormally Dry)
  • D1 (Moderate Drought)
  • D2 (Severe Drought)
  • D3 (Extreme Drought)
  • D4 (Exceptional Drought)
  • No Data

Authors

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Pacific Islands and Virgin Islands Author(s):

The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.

Statistics

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 Montana in the past. 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
D0Fire danger increases
Soil moisture is low, dryland crop germination is poor, pastures are dry
Streamflow is low, affecting recreation fishing
D1Fire restrictions are implemented
Producers feed livestock supplemental hay; crops are stressed and growth is poor
D2Fire count and danger are high; air quality is poor, with dust and smoke
Hay and crop yields are low; hay quality is poor; subsoil moisture is nonexistent
Livestock ponds are low or dry; water quality is monitored; wells are stressed
Trees and landscaping show signs of stress and lose leaves
D3Agriculture and local business face economic loss
Cattle have very little water; water quality is toxic
Crops are not harvestable; winter pasture is opened for grazing; producers are hauling water and buying expensive supplemental feed, culling cattle and selling early; soil has large cracks; fields are bare
Fire restrictions increase
D4Drought hotlines are in place
Fire risk is extremely high; fires are widespread
Pasture loss is widespread; crops are destroyed
Property is closed for hunting

How is drought affecting you?

Use the Condition Monitoring Observer Report (CMOR) system to let us know how dry, wet or normal conditions are affecting you, and see what others are saying.

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