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 Drought watches are issued
Voluntary water conservation is requested
Grass growth slows; lawns begin to go brown
River flows begin to drop
D1 Corn yield is low; soybean, cotton, hay and pastures are stressed
Wildlife eat crops
Fire danger increases; burn bans begin
Voluntary water restrictions are requested; river water levels are lower; streams are dry
D2 Hay and pasture supply is low; cattle are weaned early; producers are feeding livestock supplemental hay and baling corn for feed
Fire frequency increases
Mandatory water restrictions are implemented; reservoir levels are low; water table is dropping
D3 Cattle are sold; hay is extremely scarce
Lakes are nearly dry
D4 Voluntary and mandatory water conservation measures are instituted
Towns/cities purchase water
Lock opening reduced/ended
Calls about illegal watering increase and violation warnings are issued
Potable water offered to residents
Crop yields are down
Livestock sales increase
Hay is scarce and/or expensive; producers begin feeding hay early
Tree farms lose seedlings
Fire season begins early; fire danger is high; burn bans are enacted; events are canceled

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