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Map released: Thurs. January 21, 2021
Data valid: January 19, 2021 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

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.

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.

How well does this table describe drought impacts in your state for each level of drought on the U.S.Drought Monitor ? Is anything missing ? Please fill out this survey to help improve the table.To submit observations about current drought conditions, please submit a Condition Monitoring Observer Report.

CategoryImpact
D0 Ski season is impacted
D1 Some fields are left fallow
Water levels begin to decline; recreation and other uses impacted
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
D4 Power generation is reduced

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How is drought affecting you? Submit drought impact and condition reports via the Drought Impact Reporter.

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