U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. October 14, 2021
Data valid: October 12, 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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Statistics

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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 Grain and pasture growth is stunted
D1 Topsoil is dry; grain crop yields decline
Pasture and water supplies decline; cattle industry is under stress
D2 Planting begins early; irrigation use increases
Hay is short; cattle sales are early
Fire season is extended; fire season is early; grass fires are common
Water quality for agriculture operations is low; stock ponds are low
D3 Row crop loss is significant
Producers haul water for cattle and provide supplemental feeding; cattle sales increase
Burn bans begin
Deer and pheasant populations are low
River flow in major rivers is low; small surface water bodies are dry
D4 Row crop loss is significant; producers are selling livestock herds, market prices fall
Epizootic 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

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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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