U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. December 2, 2021
Data valid: November 30, 2021 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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Statistics

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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 Soil moisture is low, dryland crop germination is poor, pastures are dry
Fire danger increases
Streamflow is low, affecting recreation fishing
D1 Producers feed livestock supplemental hay; crops are stressed and growth is poor
Fire restrictions are implemented
D2 Hay and crop yields are low; hay quality is poor; subsoil moisture is nonexistent
Fire count and danger are high; air quality is poor, with dust and smoke
Trees and landscaping show signs of stress and lose leaves
Livestock ponds are low or dry; water quality is monitored; wells are stressed
D3 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
Agriculture and local business face economic loss
Cattle have very little water; water quality is toxic
D4 Pasture loss is widespread; crops are destroyed
Property is closed for hunting
Drought hotlines are in place
Fire risk is extremely high; fires are widespread

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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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