Map released: Thurs. October 1, 2020
Data valid: September 29, 2020 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

The state table below highlights common impacts reported in the state. For more impact details, please visit the Drought Impact Reporter.

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D0 Row crop growth is stunted, irrigation begins early
Brush fires increase
D1 Peach size is reduced; non-irrigated corn shows severe stress
Fire risk increases; tree pests increase
Water use is high; creeks, streams, and lakes are low
Voluntary conservation of water and energy is requested
D2 Cattle are lighter, producers are selling calves early and feeding cattle earlier
Number of fires increases, and fires are more intense
Fisheries are impacted; duck hunting areas close
Boating recreation is compromised
River and lake levels are low; saltwater intrusion occurs; hydroelectric power production is reduced
D3 Hay is scarce and expense; owners are giving away horses
Soil moisture is low, winter crops are slow to germinate
Burn bans begin
Small aquatic species are stressed
Mandatory water restrictions are implemented, violators are fined; lake outflow is low
D4 Producers are hauling water for cattle; auctions see record number of cattle
Trees are stressed; fish are dying
Daily life is compromised
Wells are contaminated or running dry; lakes are extremely low with hazards exposed

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