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 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

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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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