Map released: Thurs. October 22, 2020
Data valid: October 20, 2020 at 8 a.m. EDT


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


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

The state table below highlights common impacts reported in the state. For more impact details, please visit the Drought Impact Reporter.

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D0 Pastures are dry; mild crop stress is noted; irrigation increases
Lawns are brown
D1 Crop stress increases
Hay production is reduced; producers feed hay to cattle early
Wildfire danger is higher than the seasonal normal
Increased signs of wildlife; trees and landscape are drought stressed
Streamflow is reduced; lake and reservoirs levels decline
Voluntary water conservation begins
D2 Dryland crop yields are low
Wildfires are difficult to extinguish
Swimming areas and boat ramps begin to close
Voluntary and mandatory water use restrictions are implemented, people are asked to refrain from nonessential water use
D3 Hay is scarce, producers are purchasing outside of state; nitrate levels in forage are high
Outdoor burn bans are implemented; wildfires are widespread
Landscaping and greenhouse businesses lose revenue
Aquatic wildlife is dying; fewer trout are stocked
Hydropower generation decreases
Voluntary conservation is requested even in sufficient water level areas; mandatory restrictions become more severe and fines are given to violators; stream levels are extremely low
D4 Producers sell cattle; hay shortages and crop loss occur; farmers are stressed
Daily life is affected for all citizens; people pray for rain; drought education seminars increase
Epizootic hemorrhagic disease is widespread in deer
Reservoirs are low; officials are counting the days of remaining water supply; well water is low; residents are hauling water

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