U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. October 14, 2021
Data valid: October 12, 2021 at 8 a.m. EDT

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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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 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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Drought Impact Reporter

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