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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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 Honey production is down; fewer plants are available to pollinate
Lake and pond levels begin to lower
D1 Agriculture ponds dry up; farmers are hauling water; hay yield is low
More insects and voles are observed, although mosquito numbers are down; disease spreads in trout, fish hatchery closes
Leaves fall early
Conditions are very dusty
Fire danger increases; burn bans are implemented
Water demand is high
D2 Corn is severely stressed; producers are importing hay and selling livestock
Air quality is poor; burn bans are implemented; active wildfires are reported
Aquatic species die off
Streams and creeks are extremely low or dry; well levels are lowering
Voluntary water conservation is requested; water quality is poor
D3 Water supply is inadequate for wildlife
D4 Large wildfires are reported

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Drought Impact Reporter

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