Map released: Thurs. October 17, 2019
Data valid: October 15, 2019 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

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D0 Ski season is impacted
D1 Some fields are left fallow
Water levels begin to decline
D2 Pastures are brown; hay yields are down and prices are up; producers are selling cattle
Fire risk increases
Marshes are drying up, little water is available for waterfowl and wildlife; bears are moving into urban areas
River flows are low and tributaries are running dry; conservation efforts begin in irrigation districts
D3 Planting is delayed
Wldfire activity is high
Waterfowl disease outbreaks increase
Low oxygen and high river water temperatures are affecting fish
Reservoirs and lakes are very low compared to normal; irrigation water is scarce
Pumping well water increases; wells are going dry; homeowners are trucking in potable water

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