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Drought Conditions for Iron County

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46,163

people in Iron County are affected by drought

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No change
since last week
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since last month
100%

of people in Iron County are affected by drought

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No change
since last week
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since last month
39th

driest June was in 2021, over the past 127 years

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0.38
same
inches from normal
5th

driest year to date in 127 years occured in 2021

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3.61
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inches from normal
Current Conditions for Iron County

The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is updated each Thursday to show the location and intensity of drought across the country 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 30-day departure from normal temperature shows the difference of the last 30 days from the usual conditions for the same time period averaged since 1980.

This map uses the gridMET and PRISM temperature datasets, which are delayed from the current day by 2 to 3 days to allow for data collection and quality control.

The 30-day percent of normal precipitation shows the difference of the last 30 days from the usual conditions for the same time period averaged since 1980.

This map uses the gridMET and NLDAS precipitation datasets, which are delayed from the current day by 2 to 3 days to allow for data collection and quality control.

D0 - Abnormally Dry

  • Dryland crops are struggling
  • Water for cattle is limited

0
of Iron County
(D0-D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought

  • Soil moisture is low; winter wheat germination is poor
  • Feed for cattle is limited
  • Springs are drying

0
of Iron County
(D1-D4)
D2 - Severe Drought

  • Pasture and water is inadequate for cattle; ranching management practices change
  • Air quality is poor; dust is a problem
  • Streams and ponds are dry

0
of Iron County
(D2-D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought

  • Fire danger increases; fire bans on public land are implemented
  • Native vegetation is stressed
  • Streamflow is low

0
of Iron County
(D3-D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought

  • Fire restrictions increase
  • Irrigation water allotments are cut

0
of Iron County
(D4)

Departure from Normal Temperature (°F)

The color with the hex code #0404ff identifies:
≤ -8
The color with the hex code #2166ac identifies:
-6
The color with the hex code #4393c3 identifies:
-4
The color with the hex code #92c5de identifies:
-3
The color with the hex code #d1e5f0 identifies:
-1
The color with the hex code #ffffff identifies:
0

The color with the hex code #fddbc7 identifies:
1
The color with the hex code #f4a582 identifies:
3
The color with the hex code #d6604d identifies:
4
The color with the hex code #b2182b identifies:
6
The color with the hex code #800000 identifies:
8

Percent of Normal Precipitation (%)

The color with the hex code #8c510a identifies:
0% - 25%
The color with the hex code #bf812d identifies:
25% - 50%
The color with the hex code #dfc27d identifies:
50% - 75%
The color with the hex code #f6e8c3 identifies:
75% - 100%

The color with the hex code #c7eae5 identifies:
100% - 150%
The color with the hex code #80cdc1 identifies:
150% - 200%
The color with the hex code #35978f identifies:
200% - 300%
The color with the hex code #01665e identifies:
≥ 300%

Short-Term Drought Indicator Blend

These experimental drought blends integrate several key drought monitoring products and indices into a single short-term or long-term product, based on the methodology developed at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center. The blends are created using the Climate Engine tool, and apply the CPC weighting ratios to the high-resolution gridMET gridded research dataset. The data is updated daily, with a delay of 2 to 3 days to allow for data collection and quality control.

The long-term blend combines PDSI, Z-Index, and 6-month, 1-year, 2-year, and 5-year SPI to estimate the overall long-term drought. Please refer to the product documentation for more information. This product is an example of current NIDIS-funded research.

This data is updated every 5 days, with a delay of 4 to 5 days to allow for data collection and quality control.

D4 D3 D2 D1 D0  
0-2 2-5 5-10 10-20 20-30 30-70
W0 W1 W2 W3 W4
70-80 80-90 90-95 95-98 98-100

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Long-Term Drought Indicator Blend

These experimental drought blends integrate several key drought monitoring products and indices into a single short-term or long-term product, based on the methodology developed at the NOAA Climate Prediction Center. The blends are created using the Climate Engine tool, and apply the CPC weighting ratios to the high-resolution gridMET gridded research dataset. The data is updated daily, with a delay of 2 to 3 days to allow for data collection and quality control.

The long-term blend combines PDSI, Z-Index, and 6-month, 1-year, 2-year, and 5-year SPI to estimate the overall long-term drought. Please refer to the product documentation for more information. This product is an example of current NIDIS-funded research.

This data is updated every 5 days, with a delay of 4 to 5 days to allow for data collection and quality control.

D4 D3 D2 D1 D0  
0-2 2-5 5-10 10-20 20-30 30-70
W0 W1 W2 W3 W4
70-80 80-90 90-95 95-98 98-100

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Agriculture in Iron County

The USDA's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) conducts hundreds of surveys every year and prepares reports covering virtually every aspect of U.S. agriculture, including agricultural commodities statistics for crops and livestock. This map displays shows agricultural products alongside the current U.S. Drought Monitor. Learn more.

* Currently, data is only available for the contiguous U.S.
 
County with Selected Agriculture Product
 

D0 - Abnormally Dry

 
D1 - Moderate Drought
 

D2 - Severe Drought

 
D3 - Extreme Drought
 

D4 - Exceptional Drought

Crop Production

A circle with the radius of 20 pixels identifies:
> 500,000
A circle with the radius of 16 pixels identifies:
> 300,000
A circle with the radius of 12 pixels identifies:
> 100,000
A circle with the radius of 8 pixels identifies:
≤ 100,000
Source(s):
58,661
acres of hay in Iron County
3,171
acres of haylage in Iron County
1,506
acres of corn in Iron County
42,525
number of sheep in Iron County
23,165
number of cattle in Iron County
Water Supply in Iron County

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) produces maps of real-time streamflow conditions compared to historical conditions. The map depicts streamflow conditions as computed at USGS streamgages. The colors represent real-time streamflow compared to percentiles of historical daily streamflow for the day of the year. Click on a streamgage to view more data for that location. Learn more.

 
Low
 

Much below normal

 
Below normal
 

Normal

 
Above normal
 

Much above normal

 
High
 

Not-ranked

The National Weather Service (NWS) Climate Prediction Center (CPC) produces precipitation outlooks for the U.S., including 6-10 day, 8-14 day, monthly, and seasonal outlooks. This 1-month outlook depicts whether there is a greater chance for above-normal, below-normal, or near-normal precipitation conditions in this region. Learn more.

Probability of Below-Normal Precipitation

The color with the hex code #f0d493 identifies:
> 33%
The color with the hex code #d8a750 identifies:
> 40%
The color with the hex code #bb6d33 identifies:
> 50%
The color with the hex code #9b5031 identifies:
> 60%
The color with the hex code #934639 identifies:
> 70%
The color with the hex code #804000 identifies:
> 80%
The color with the hex code #4f2f2f identifies:
> 90%

Probability of Above-Normal Precipitation

The color with the hex code #b3d9ab identifies:
> 33%
The color with the hex code #94cd7e identifies:
> 40%
The color with the hex code #48ae38 identifies:
> 50%
The color with the hex code #3a7b5f identifies:
> 60%
The color with the hex code #008e40 identifies:
> 70%
The color with the hex code #28553d identifies:
> 80%
The color with the hex code #285517 identifies:
> 90%

U.S. Drought Monitor

The color with the hex code #ffff00 identifies:
D0
The color with the hex code #ffcc99 identifies:
D1
The color with the hex code #ff6600 identifies:
D2
The color with the hex code #ff0000 identifies:
D3
The color with the hex code #660000 identifies:
D4
Source(s):
81
percent of streamflow sites that are below normal in Utah
1
percent of streamflow sites that are above normal in Utah
100
percent area of Utah with above normal precipitation probability
0
percent area of Utah with below normal precipitation probability
Public Health in Iron County

This map shows the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC's) Social Vulnerability Index alongside current U.S. Drought Monitor drought designations. CDC's Social Vulnerability Index uses 15 U.S. census variables at tract level (including poverty, lack of vehicle access, and crowded housing) to help local officials identify communities that may need support in preparing for or recovering from hazards, like drought. Learn more.

 
0.7501 - 1 | Highest Vulnerability
 

0.5001 - 0.75

 
0.2501 - 0.5
 

0 - 0.25 | Lowest Vulnerability

 
Data Unavailable

This map shows active National Weather Service (NWS) Excessive Heat Watches, Heat Advisories, and Excessive Heat Warnings alongside current U.S. Drought Monitor drought designations.

 
Excessive Heat Warning
 

Heat Advisory

 
Excessive Heat Watch

U.S. Drought Monitor

The color with the hex code #ffff00 identifies:
D0
The color with the hex code #ffcc99 identifies:
D1
The color with the hex code #ff6600 identifies:
D2
The color with the hex code #ff0000 identifies:
D3
The color with the hex code #660000 identifies:
D4
0.45
Social Vulnerability Index Score
No
Heat Warning issued by the National Weather Service
No
Air Quality Warning issued by the National Weather Service
Wildfire
in Iron
Future Conditions for Iron County

Evaporative Demand (EDDI) Forecast

The Evaporative Demand Drought Index (EDDI) is an experimental drought monitoring and early warning guidance tool. It examines how anomalous the atmospheric evaporative demand (E0; also known as "the thirst of the atmosphere") is for a given location and across a time period of interest. This experimental subseasonal EDDI forecast shows projected evaporative demand for the next 2 weeks and 4 weeks from the CFS-gridMET dataset at 4-km gridded resolution. Learn more.

ED4 ED3 ED2 ED1 ED0         EW0 EW1 EW2 EW3 EW4
100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 30% 20% 10% 5% 2%
ED4 ED3 ED2 ED1 ED0         EW0 EW1 EW2 EW3 EW4
100% 98% 95% 90% 80% 70% 30% 20% 10% 5% 2%

CPC Outlooks

NOAA's Climate Prediction Center issues Monthly and Seasonal Drought Outlooks each month. The Monthly Drought Outlook predicts whether drought will emerge, stay the same, or get better over the next 30 days or so.

The Seasonal Drought Outlook predicts whether drought will emerge, stay the same, or get better in the next three months.

       
Drought persists Drought remains but improves Drought removal likely Drought development likely
       
Drought persists Drought remains but improves Drought removal likely Drought development likely

Historical Conditions for Iron County

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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