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 Snowpack is reduced
Golf season is extended
D1 Forage is reduced
Fire danger increases; fires at elevation increase
D2 Summer recreation season is extended; hunting is compromised
Bear activity increases; wildlife encroach onto residential areas
Desert plants implement reproductive survival mechanisms
Surface water levels decline; Lake Tahoe water clarity is higher than normal
D3 Alfalfa and hay yields decrease; farmers are not planting crops
Pasture conditions are very poor; producers are selling cattle
Fire activity increases; fire season is extended; firework ban is implemented
Excess algae growth and fish kills occur
Vegetation green-up is poor
Winter recreation is limited
Forage and water supplies are inadequate for wildlife; wild horse health deteriorates, leading to emergency roundup and relocation
Lakes and rivers are depleted; lake hazards are noted; water temperatures rise
Irrigation allocations are very low; water supply for farming and ranching is inadequate
D4 Boat 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
Fire danger increases; restrictions are enacted earlier than usual; events are canceled
Wild horses/burros are relocated; BLM brings water/food to wild horses/burros
Bears and other wildlife encroach on human-inhabited areas
State stocks rivers/streams/lakes with fish earlier than usual; fish catch limits are lifted; warmer water causes fish death
Wildlife populations decrease and habitat is degraded
Hydropower plants close or reduce production
Boat ramps are closed; lake hazards are exposed; submerged relics and towns are exposed
Fewer skiers; ski-related businesses lose revenue and lay off employees
Conflicts over water rights increase
Grazing on public land is reduced and conflicts arise
Joshua trees are affected

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