Map released: Thurs. February 29, 2024
Data valid: February 27, 2024 at 7 a.m. EST

Intensity

  • None
  • D0 (Abnormally Dry)
  • D1 (Moderate Drought)
  • D2 (Severe Drought)
  • D3 (Extreme Drought)
  • D4 (Exceptional Drought)
  • No Data

Authors

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Pacific Islands and Virgin Islands Author(s):

The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.

Statistics

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 Nevada in the past. 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
D0Golf season is extended
Snowpack is reduced
D1Fire danger increases; fires at elevation increase
Forage is reduced
D2Bear activity increases; wildlife encroach onto residential areas
Desert plants implement reproductive survival mechanisms
Summer recreation season is extended; hunting is compromised
Surface water levels decline; Lake Tahoe water clarity is higher than normal
D3Alfalfa and hay yields decrease; farmers are not planting crops
Excess algae growth and fish kills occur
Fire activity increases; fire season is extended; firework ban is implemented
Forage and water supplies are inadequate for wildlife; wild horse health deteriorates, leading to emergency roundup and relocation
Irrigation allocations are very low; water supply for farming and ranching is inadequate
Lakes and rivers are depleted; lake hazards are noted; water temperatures rise
Pasture conditions are very poor; producers are selling cattle
Vegetation green-up is poor
Winter recreation is limited
D4Boat ramps close; trout fishing limits are lifted; wildlife populations decline; producers haul water for wildlife; ecosystem viability is threatened
Citizens reduce water use
Reservoir levels are extremely low; hydropower production is limited, alternative power is expensive; groundwater decreases; water allotments to farmers and ranchers are curtailed

How is drought affecting you?

Use the Condition Monitoring Observer Report (CMOR) system to let us know how dry, wet or normal conditions are affecting you, and see what others are saying.

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