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Drought in
West Virginia
Residents in drought: 690,000

970,000 more in abnormally dry areas.

This is: 37%

of the state’s population,
53% more in abnormally dry areas.

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The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a map that shows the location and intensity of drought across the country. The data is updated each Tuesday and released on Thursday. This map shows the drought conditions on October 15, 2019.

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D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops
  • Some lingering water deficits
  • Pastures or crops not fully recovered
57.2% 92.9%
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Some damage to crops, pastures
  • Some water shortages developing
  • Voluntary water-use restrictions requested
24.9% 35.7%
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crop or pasture loss likely
  • Water shortages common
  • Water restrictions imposed
10.8% 10.8%
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Major crop/pasture losses
  • Widespread water shortages or restrictions
0.0% 0.0%
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses
  • Shortages of water creating water emergencies
0.0% 0.0%
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Drought in West Virginia
from 2000 - 2019

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in West Virginia lasted 41 weeks beginning on May 29, 2007 and ending on March 4, 2008. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of March 12, 2002 where D3 affected 42.55% of Minnesota land. Download graphic as:
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