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Map released: Thurs. October 1, 2020
Data valid: September 29, 2020 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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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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CategoryImpact
D0 Fishing restrictions are issued
D1 Hay and forage yield is low; producers give supplemental feed to cattle
Fire danger is elevated; fire and firework restrictions are implemented
Fewer wildflowers bloom
Creeks and rivers are low; less irrigation water is available
D2 Pasture conditions are poor; overgrazing is reported; hay is scarce; producers are selling cattle; dust increases
Trees and vegetation are stressed
Water pressure is low; well levels decline
D3 Snowpack is poor
Surface water for is inadequate for ranching and farming
D4 Revenue losses are reported in all agricultural sectors
Ranchers reduce/sell herds, raise fewer cattle, wean calves early
Sheep and lamb herds are reduced
Cattle die of nitrate poisoning
Mandatory water rationing instituted
Water rights temporarily changed
Disputes arise over water rights and interstate priorities
Fire danger increases
Marinas and swimming beaches close; boat launches no longer reach water
Electric companies supplement water used for power production
Fish stocking is suspended
Pine beetle infestations increase
Limited number of horses/burros removed from public rangelands as holding space decreases
Forage for elk deteriorates; elk die of nitrate poisoning
County roads deteriorate

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