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 Pasture and row crops are stressed
Burn bans are implemented
Lawns are brown; landscape and gardens require more frequent watering
Lakes and rivers are lower than normal
D1 Hay prices are high; people are selling horses
D2 Crop yields are down; pasture growth is sparse; livestock are removed from grazing
Water use is high; groundwater pumping increases
D3 Producers feed cattle supplemental hay
Agriculture economic losses are reported statewide
Fairs have fewer entries
Streamflow is reduced; water temperatures are warm; oxygen content is low; northern pike fish kill is reported
D4 Wisconsin 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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