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Map released: Thurs. October 17, 2019
Data valid: October 15, 2019 at 8 a.m. EDT

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 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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