U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. July 29, 2021
Data valid: July 27, 2021 at 8 a.m. EDT

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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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 Ski season is shortened, visitation is lower
D1 Fire danger increases
Possible dust storms
River flow is low
D2 Wheat and corn are stunted; harvest is early
Producers feed cows earlier; silage is harder to find
Number of wildfires increases; grasses are brown
Fishing closures are issued for rivers; tubing and rafting season is shortened; fish are stressed; fish rescues begin
West Nile Virus cases increase
River water is warm; rationed water supplies are inadequate for irrigators; water theft occurs; voluntary water conservation is requested
D3 Crop and hop yields are poor; wheat protein content is higher
Unprecedented wildfires occur; call is issued for citizen volunteers to fight fires; firefighting funds are running out
Tourism is reduced and recreation is altered
Water and forest ecosystems are altered; bears look for forage at lower elevations
Toxic algae blooms increase; oxygen content is low; shellfish areas close; spawning areas are difficult for fish to reach; fish death is widespread
Hydropower production is low
Domestic wells are running dry; lake and pond levels are low

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Drought Impact Reporter

How is drought affecting you? Submit drought impact and condition reports via the Drought Impact Reporter.

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