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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Mississippi

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country. This map shows drought conditions across Mississippi using a five-category system, from Abnormally Dry (D0) conditions to Exceptional Drought (D4). The USDM is a joint effort of the National Drought Mitigation Center, USDA, and NOAA. Learn more.

The following state-specific drought impacts were compiled by the National Drought Mitigation Center. While these impacts are not exhaustive, they can help provide a clearer picture of drought in Mississippi. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Creek flow is low
77.0
of MS
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • More wildfires occur than normal
  • Wildlife search for water
25.5
of MS
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Cotton is stressed; supplemental hay for cattle begins
  • Hydroelectric power output decreases; energy cost is high
  • Ground is cracking, causing road damage
2.7
of MS
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Soybean yields are low
  • Burn bans are implemented
  • Surface water levels are low; boat ramps close
0.0
of MS
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Fire danger increases
0
of MS
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Creek flow is low
86.3
of MS
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • More wildfires occur than normal
  • Wildlife search for water
29.7
of MS
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Cotton is stressed; supplemental hay for cattle begins
  • Hydroelectric power output decreases; energy cost is high
  • Ground is cracking, causing road damage
2.7
of MS
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Soybean yields are low
  • Burn bans are implemented
  • Surface water levels are low; boat ramps close
0.0
of MS
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Fire danger increases
0
of MS
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Creek flow is low
96.0
of MS
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • More wildfires occur than normal
  • Wildlife search for water
57.8
of MS
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Cotton is stressed; supplemental hay for cattle begins
  • Hydroelectric power output decreases; energy cost is high
  • Ground is cracking, causing road damage
11.1
of MS
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Soybean yields are low
  • Burn bans are implemented
  • Surface water levels are low; boat ramps close
0.0
of MS
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Fire danger increases
0
of MS
(D4)
695,974
people in Mississippi are affected by drought
32
counties with USDA disaster designations
54th
driest October was in 2022, over the past 128 years
49th
wettest year to date was in 2022, over the past 128 years

Explore Drought Conditions by City and County

Summary

View up-to-date drought conditions down to the city and county level, including temperature, and precipitation conditions, key drought indicators, outlooks, historical conditions, and water supply, agriculture, and public health maps.

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Drought in Mississippi from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1–D4) in Mississippi lasted 107 weeks beginning on April 20, 2010, and ending on May 1, 2012. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of October 31, 2000, where D4 affected 63.81% of Mississippi land.

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a national map released every Thursday, showing parts of the U.S. that are in drought. The USDM relies on drought experts to synthesize the best available data and work with local observers to interpret the information. The USDM also incorporates ground truthing and information about how drought is affecting people, via a network of more than 450 observers across the country, including state climatologists, National Weather Service staff, Extension agents, and hydrologists. Learn more.

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