Map released: Thurs. September 24, 2020
Data valid: September 22, 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 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
D4 Washington has had little or no experience in D4 so no impacts have been recorded at that level in the Drought Impact Reporter

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