Map released: Thurs. July 18, 2024
Data valid: July 16, 2024 at 8 a.m. EDT


  • 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.


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 North Dakota in the past. The process for developing this example impact table is described in Noel, M., Bathke, D., Fuchs, B., Gutzmer, D., Haigh, T., Hayes, M., Poděbradská, M., Shield, C., Smith, K. and Svoboda, M., 2020. Linking drought impacts to drought severity at the state level. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(8), pp.E1312-E1321. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0067.1. 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
D0Crop germination is poor
Grass fires increase
D1Crops and pastures are water stressed; farmers are encouraged to have a drought plan
Fire danger increases
Grasshopper infestation occurs
Pond and creek levels begin to decline; more nesting areas are available for birds
D2Conditions are dusty; air quality is poor
Fertilizer sales are low at elevators
Open burn and firework restrictions are implemented; fire activity intensifies
River flow is decreased; stock dams are low
Soil moisture is low; pasture and rangeland is dry; crop conditions are poor; hay yields are low; cattle are sold
D3Blue-green algae blooms cause cattle death
Crops stop growing; pastures go dormant, emergency haying of conservation areas is authorized
Fairs have fewer entries; public meetings are scheduled with government officials to discuss drought
Large wildfires burn
D4Fewer hunting permits are issued
Local economy is at a standstill
Wheat is baled for hay; numerous tests are conducted on water nitrate level and quality and high nitrate levels in forage; farm service agency increases staffing; producers cull cattle
Wildfires are immense; rural/volunteer fire departments are stressed; rural fire departments run out of funding

How is drought affecting you?

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