U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. June 23, 2022
Data valid: June 21, 2022 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.

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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 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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