Map released: Thurs. October 22, 2020
Data valid: October 20, 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 Producers begin supplemental feeding for livestock
Planting is postponed; forage germination is stunted; hay cutting is reduced
Grass fires increase
Surface water levels decline
D1 Dryland crops are stunted
Early cattle sales begin
Wildfire frequency increases
Stock tanks, creeks, streams are low; voluntary water restrictions are requested
D2 Pasture conditions are very poor
Soil is hard, hindering planting; crop yields decrease
Wildfire danger is severe; burn bans are implemented
Wildlife moves into populated areas
Hydroelectric power is compromised; well water use increases; mandatory water restrictions are implemented
D3 Soil has large cracks; soil moisture is very low; dust and sand storms occur
Row and forage crops fail to germinate; decreased yields for irrigated crops and very large yield reduction for dryland crops are reported
Need for supplemental feed, nutrients, protein, and water for livestock increases; herds are sold
Increased risk of large wildfires is noted
Many sectors experience financial burden
Severe fish, plant, and wildlife loss reported
Water sanitation is a concern; reservoir levels drop significantly; surface water is nearly dry; river flow is very low; salinity increases in bays and estuaries
D4 Exceptional and widespread crop loss is reported; rangeland is dead; producers are not planting fields
Culling continues; producers wean calves early and liquidate herds due to importation of hay and water expenses
Seafood, forestry, tourism, and agriculture sectors report significant financial loss
Extreme sensitivity to fire danger; firework restrictions are implemented
Widespread tree mortality is reported; most wildlife species’ health and population are suffering
Devastating algae blooms occur; water quality is very poor
Exceptional water shortages are noted across surface water sources; water table is declining
Boat ramps are closed; obstacles are exposed in water bodies; water levels are at or near historic lows

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