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Map released: Thurs. January 21, 2021
Data valid: January 19, 2021 at 7 a.m. EST

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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Potential 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.

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.

How well does this table describe drought impacts in your state for each level of drought on the U.S.Drought Monitor ? Is anything missing ? Please fill out this survey to help improve the table.To submit observations about current drought conditions, please submit a Condition Monitoring Observer Report.

CategoryImpact
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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