U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. May 19, 2022
Data valid: May 17, 2022 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.

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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 Rangeland conditions decline
D1 Pasture and crop growth are stunted
Surface water levels decline
D2 Crop yields are low; ethanol production decreases and plants begin to close
Fires increase; firework restrictions are possible
Roadside haying begins
Well levels are dropping; mandatory surface water irrigation restrictions are implemented; water use is high
D3 Hay is scarce and expensive; producers are selling cattle early and culling; horses are abandoned
Pavement is cracking
Fish kills claim thousands of fish; drought-tolerant trees are dying
Water temperatures are high; Platte River is dry in sections; water recreation is limited
Groundwater use increases; new irrigation wells are drilled
D4 Crop germination is stunted; high levels of nitrate are found in corn
Auctions have record number of cattle
Wildfire season is destructive and costly
Severe case of EHD is observed in deer population; deer hunting is down
Municipality water supply is low; trade navigation is hindered on major rivers due to low flow and obstructions

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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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