Map released: Thurs. October 1, 2020
Data valid: September 29, 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 Dryland crops are struggling
Water for cattle is limited
D1 Soil moisture is low; winter wheat germination is poor
Feed for cattle is limited
Springs are drying
D2 Pasture and water is inadequate for cattle; ranching management practices change
Air quality is poor, dust is a problem
People pray for snow
Streams and ponds are dry
D3 Fire danger increases; fire bans on public land are implemented
Native vegetation is stressed
Streamflow is low
D4 Fire restrictions increase
Irrigation water allotments are cut

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