U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. July 29, 2021
Data valid: July 27, 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 Crop growth is stunted; planting is delayed
Fire danger is elevated; spring fire season starts early
Lawns brown early; gardens begin to wilt
Surface water levels decline
D1 Irrigation use increases; hay and grain yields are lower than normal
Honey production declines
Wildfires and ground fires increase
Trees and landscaping are stressed; fish are stressed
Voluntary water conservation is requested; reservoir and lake levels are below normal capacity
D2 Specialty crops are impacted in both yield and fruit size
Producers begin feeding cattle; hay prices are high
Warnings are issued on outdoor burns; air quality is poor
Golf courses conserve water
Trees are brittle and susceptible to insects
Fish kills occur; wildlife move to farms for food
Water quality is poor; groundwater is declining; irrigation ponds are dry; outdoor water restrictions are implemented
D3 Crop loss is widespread; Christmas tree farms are stressed; dairy farmers are struggling financially
Well drillers and bulk water haulers see increased business
Water recreation and hunting are modified; wildlife disease outbreak is observed
Extremely reduced flow to ceased flow of water is observed; river temperatures are warm; wells are running dry; people are digging more and deeper wells

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Drought Impact Reporter

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

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