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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Georgia

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 Georgia 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 Georgia. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Topsoil moisture decreases; planting is delayed
  • Fire risk is elevated
10.9
of GA
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Crops are vulnerable; soil moisture is low
  • Gardens and lawns require more water
  • Stream and pond levels are lower; water temperatures increase
0
of GA
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crops are stressed; hay yield is low; producers feed cattle early; planting is delayed; soil is hard; conditions are dustier than usual
  • Drought mitigation; water conservation education
  • Small streams dry up; rivers are very low
0
of GA
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Majority of hay/grazing is lost
  • Outdoor burn bans are implemented
  • Landscaping business is negatively affected; agriculture suffers economic loss
0
of GA
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Agriculture economy is severely impacted
  • Fire risk is high; fire activity increases
  • Tree mortality is high; army worm outbreaks occur
0
of GA
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Topsoil moisture decreases; planting is delayed
  • Fire risk is elevated
9.1
of GA
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Crops are vulnerable; soil moisture is low
  • Gardens and lawns require more water
  • Stream and pond levels are lower; water temperatures increase
0
of GA
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crops are stressed; hay yield is low; producers feed cattle early; planting is delayed; soil is hard; conditions are dustier than usual
  • Drought mitigation; water conservation education
  • Small streams dry up; rivers are very low
0
of GA
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Majority of hay/grazing is lost
  • Outdoor burn bans are implemented
  • Landscaping business is negatively affected; agriculture suffers economic loss
0
of GA
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Agriculture economy is severely impacted
  • Fire risk is high; fire activity increases
  • Tree mortality is high; army worm outbreaks occur
0
of GA
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Topsoil moisture decreases; planting is delayed
  • Fire risk is elevated
39.6
of GA
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Crops are vulnerable; soil moisture is low
  • Gardens and lawns require more water
  • Stream and pond levels are lower; water temperatures increase
0.0
of GA
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crops are stressed; hay yield is low; producers feed cattle early; planting is delayed; soil is hard; conditions are dustier than usual
  • Drought mitigation; water conservation education
  • Small streams dry up; rivers are very low
0
of GA
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Majority of hay/grazing is lost
  • Outdoor burn bans are implemented
  • Landscaping business is negatively affected; agriculture suffers economic loss
0
of GA
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Agriculture economy is severely impacted
  • Fire risk is high; fire activity increases
  • Tree mortality is high; army worm outbreaks occur
0
of GA
Source(s):

NDMCNOAAUSDA

Source(s):

NDMCNOAAUSDA

Source(s):

NDMCNOAAUSDA

Updates Weekly  -  01/12/21
Updates Weekly  -  01/05/21
Updates Weekly  -  12/15/20

Drought in Georgia from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1–D4) in Georgia lasted 161 weeks beginning on April 11, 2006, and ending on May 5, 2009. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of December 11, 2007, where D4 affected 49.86% of Georgia land.

    The U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) is a national map released every Thursday, showing parts of the U.S. that are currently 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.

    The Standardized Precipitation Index (SPI) is an index to characterize meteorological drought on a range of timescales, ranging from 1 to 72 months. The SPI is the number of standard deviations that observed cumulative precipitation deviates from the climatological average. NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information produce the 9-month SPI values below on a monthly basis, going back to 1895. Learn more.

    Tree-rings are used to extend the instrumental record of drought to over 2,000 years. The Living Blended Drought Product (LBDP) is a recalibrated data series of June-July-August Palmer Modified Drought Index (PMDI) values in the lower 48 U.S. states. This dataset blends tree-ring reconstructions and instrumental data to estimate the average summer PMDI values, which extend over 2,000 years in some parts of the U.S. Learn more.

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