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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 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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