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Map released: Thurs. February 18, 2021
Data valid: February 16, 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 Streamflow is low
D1 Crops are stressed; farmers begin to conserve water
Fire danger increases
Reservoir levels decline; lake banks are exposed; streamflow continues to decrease
D2 Planting is delayed; ranchers are feeding cattle; hay is scarce
Agriculture sector is suffering
Trees and plants show stress
Strict water rationing is implemented
D3 Cattle have ittle feed; crops are dying
Daily lives are altered; school schedules are affected; businesses close
Mosquito-borne disease outbreak possible
Tree phenology altered
Water rationing expands; water is being trucked in; water quality is poor; aquifers are shrinking
D4 Puerto Rico has had little or no experience in D4 so no impacts have been recorded at that level in the Drought Impact Reporter

Drought Impact Reporter

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

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