State Impacts

This tool sorts and displays impacts by state from the Drought Impact Reporter through 2022. Users can filter impacts by U.S. Drought Monitor status, season, weeks in drought, industry and date range. The Drought Impact Reporter records impacts that have been documented in news media. This may provide insight on what to expect when a state is experiencing a certain level of drought.

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USDM Start Date Seasons Weeks Sectors Historically observed impacts Impact Description
D0 2020-12-01winter0
  • Agriculture
  • Tourism & Recreation
  • Water Supply & Quality
Extra irrigation water for crops, livestock on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin IslandsA farmer on St. Croix attested that the drought forced him to increase irrigation from 12,000 gallons of water weekly to 16,000 gallons. He culled non-breeding animals and continued to be very careful with water use as drought has persisted for more than a year and a half. Even drought-tolerant plants were wilting at the St. Georges Village Botanical Gardens on St. Croix. Saint Croix Source (Christiansted, St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands), June 14, 2022

Sectors: Agriculture Tourism & Recreation Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0
D0 2020-07-29summer0
  • Agriculture
  • Plants & Wildlife
  • Water Supply & Quality
Drought damaging crops, depleting water supplies in Virgin IslandsThe Caribbean drought began in April and peaked in late June and early July, damaging crops, stressing vegetation and drying up ponds and cisterns. Farmers were buying feed for livestock. V.I. Department of Agriculture records indicate that more than 1,399,133 gallons of water have been provided to farmers on the islands from April through June. Specialty crop production on St. Thomas was reduced because the Virgin Islands Department of Agriculture was unable to deliver water. Pond levels were lowest in May. Access to an aquifer and strategic well systems allowed St. John farmers to use conservations measures and continue specialty crop production. On St. Croix, drought affected livestock nutrition, as well as breeding and fertility. The St. John Source (Christiansted, V.I.), July 29, 2020

Sectors: Agriculture Plants & Wildlife Water Supply & Quality

USDM Levels: D0 D1

To view simple examples of impacts reported in the past in each state at different levels of drought, check out our tables of historically observed impacts.