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 Oklahoma 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
D0Crops are stressed (wheat, canola, alfalfa, pecans); winter wheat germination is delayed
Stock pond levels decline
D1Lake recreation activities are affected; deer reproduction is poor
Seasonal creek and rainfed pond levels are lowering
Summer crop and forage yields are reduced
Wildfire risk increases
D2Burn bans begin
Cattle are stressed
Dryland crops are severely reduced; pasture growth is stunted
Springfed ponds are slow to refill
Trees show significant wilting
D3Air quality is poor, with dust storms and smoke
Cattle have little water and feed
Fishing is down; boating is hazardous with low lake levels; game bird populations decline
Grasses are dormant and hay is nonexistent; planting is delayed; fields are spotty; emergency CRP grazing is authorized
Lakes are critically low; producers are hauling water for cattle; wells are drying
Wildfires are increasing in number and severity
D4Burn restrictions increase
Cost of hay and water is high and supplies are scarce; producers are liquidating herds
Fire season is long; rural fire departments are running out of finances
Ground is cracking; farmers are bailing failed crops or abandoning fields; pastures are bare; land is abandoned
Ranchers and farmers are desperate and experiencing huge economic loss
Water lines are breaking; reservoir levels are nearing intake; mandatory water restrictions are implemented; water quality is poor

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