Map released: Thurs. July 18, 2024
Data valid: July 16, 2024 at 8 a.m. EDT


  • 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.


Statistics type ?
Week Date None D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4 DSCI

Estimated Population in Drought Areas:

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 have the same experience during a drought. Below are examples of some of the impacts experienced in South Dakota in the past. The process for developing this example impact table is described in Noel, M., Bathke, D., Fuchs, B., Gutzmer, D., Haigh, T., Hayes, M., Poděbradská, M., Shield, C., Smith, K. and Svoboda, M., 2020. Linking drought impacts to drought severity at the state level. Bulletin of the American Meteorological Society, 101(8), pp.E1312-E1321. doi: 10.1175/BAMS-D-19-0067.1. To view a more complete record, and to filter impacts by drought severity, sector and season, check out the interactive State Impacts Tool.

CategoryExamples of historically observed impacts
D0Grain and pasture growth is stunted
D1Pasture and water supplies decline; cattle industry is under stress
Topsoil is dry; grain crop yields decline
D2Fire season is extended; fire season is early; grass fires are common
Hay is short; cattle sales are early
Planting begins early; irrigation use increases
Water quality for agriculture operations is low; stock ponds are low
D3Burn bans begin
Deer and pheasant populations are low
Producers haul water for cattle and provide supplemental feeding; cattle sales increase
River flow in major rivers is low; small surface water bodies are dry
Row crop loss is significant
D4Epizootic hemorrhagic disease spreads; wildlife populations decline; recreational fishing and hunting are affected
Extremely low flow and river debris impair navigation of major rivers; commercial barge traffic slows; water use restrictions are implemented
Row crop loss is significant; producers are selling livestock herds, market prices fall

How is drought affecting you?

Use the Condition Monitoring Observer Report (CMOR) system to let us know how dry, wet or normal conditions are affecting you, and see what others are saying.

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