U.S. Drought Monitor
Map released: Thurs. October 14, 2021
Data valid: October 12, 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 Soil moisture is low
Fire danger increases
D1 Livestock need supplemental feed and water
Burn bans and firework restrictions begin
D2 Pasture yield is limited; producers sell livestock
Irrigated crops are stunted; dryland crops are brown
Dust storms occur
Abundance and magnitude of wildfires may increase; fuel mitigation practices are in effect
Wildlife feeding patterns change
Well water decreases
D3 Livestock are suffering; producers are selling herds; feed costs are high; emergency CRP grazing is authorized; crop yields are low
Fire danger is extreme
Irrigation allotments decrease
Vegetation and native trees are dying
D4 Federal lands begin to close for fire precautions; burn bans increase
Bears encroach on developed areas; migratory birds change patterns
No surface water is left for agriculture, farmers use private wells
Rio Grande and other large rivers are dry

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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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