Map released: Thurs. October 1, 2020
Data valid: September 29, 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 Crop germination is poor
Grass fires increase
D1 Crops 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
D2 Soil moisture is low; pasture and rangeland is dry; crop conditions are poor; hay yields are low; cattle are sold
Open burn and firework restrictions are implemented; fire activity intensifies
Conditions are dusty; air quality is poor
Fertilizer sales are low at elevators
River flow is decreased; stock dams are low
D3 Crops stop growing; pastures go dormant, emergency haying of conservation areas is authorized
Blue-green algae blooms cause cattle death
Large wildfires burn
Fairs have fewer entries; public meetings are scheduled with government officials to discuss drought
D4 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
Fewer hunting permits are issued
Local economy is at a standstill

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