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Map released: Thurs. December 5, 2019
Data valid: December 3, 2019 at 7 a.m. EST

Intensity:

  • 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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Potential Impacts

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CategoryImpact
D0 Crops are stressed (wheat, canola, alfalfa, pecans); winter wheat germination is delayed
Stock pond levels decline
D1 Summer crop and forage yields are reduced
Wildfire risk increases
Lake recreation activities are affected; deer reproduction is poor
Seasonal creek and rainfed pond levels are lowering
D2 Dryland crops are severely reduced; pasture growth is stunted
Cattle are stressed
Burn bans begin
Trees show significant wilting
Springfed ponds are slow to refill
D3 Grasses are dormant and hay is nonexistent; planting is delayed; fields are spotty; emergency CRP grazing is authorized
Cattle have little water and feed
Wildfires are increasing in number and severity
Fishing is down; boating is hazardous with low lake levels; game bird populations decline
Air quality is poor, with dust storms and smoke
Lakes are critically low; producers are hauling water for cattle; wells are drying
D4 Ground is cracking; farmers are bailing failed crops or abandoning fields; pastures are bare; land is abandoned
Cost of hay and water is high and supplies are scarce; producers are liquidating herds
Burn restrictions increase
Fire season is long; rural fire departments are running out of finances
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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