U.S. Drought Monitor

State Impacts

Current Impacts

To see current drought impacts, please visit the tools in the Drought Impacts Toolkit. To report a drought impact, please use the Condition Monitoring Observer Report (CMOR) system.

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.

Select a state to see impacts that have been recorded in the past in each U.S. Drought Monitor category.

CategoryHistorically observed impacts
D0 Forage crops and pasture are stressed; producers feed livestock early
Ground is hard
Agriculture ponds and creeks begin to decline
D1 Cash crop growth and yield are low
National forests implement campfire and firework bans
Streams and ponds are low
Fire activity increases
D2 Crops are damaged, especially dryland corn
Burn bans begin
Large cracks appear in foundations of homes
Large surface water levels drop; agricultural ponds and streams have dried up
Saltwater intrusion occurs in rivers and bays; saltwater wildlife migrate upstream
Hydroelectric power decreases; navigation is limited
D3 Soybean pods shatter
Large-scale hay shortages occur; producers sell livestock
Wildfire count and fire danger continue to increase
Landscape growth is stunted and needs irrigation; Christmas tree growth is stunted
Ground has noticeable cracks; road damage has occurred
Low flow in rivers and lakes affects recreation
Water mains break daily in large municipalities; water conservation is implemented
Air quality is poor
D4 Trees and shrubs are defoliated; grass is brown; landscaping projects are delayed
Wildfire count is very high
Lakes are extremely low; large municipalities implement water restrictions; water prices increase

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