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 Nebraska 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
D0Rangeland conditions decline
D1Pasture and crop growth are stunted
Surface water levels decline
D2Crop 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
D3Fish kills claim thousands of fish; drought-tolerant trees are dying
Groundwater use increases; new irrigation wells are drilled
Hay is scarce and expensive; producers are selling cattle early and culling; horses are abandoned
Pavement is cracking
Water temperatures are high; Platte River is dry in sections; water recreation is limited
D4Auctions have record number of cattle
Crop germination is stunted; high levels of nitrate are found in corn
Municipality water supply is low; trade navigation is hindered on major rivers due to low flow and obstructions
Severe case of EHD is observed in deer population; deer hunting is down
Wildfire season is destructive and costly

How is drought affecting you?

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