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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Kansas

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 Kansas 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 Kansas. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Stock pond levels decrease
  • Planting is delayed (particularly for winter wheat)
  • Irrigation/watering demands increase
73.8
of KS
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Wheat and grasses are drought stressed; hay demand increases
  • Fire danger increases
  • Pond levels are low; habitat is poor in migratory flyways
50.3
of KS
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Wheat, corn, soybean, and hay yields are low; crops are severely damaged
  • Burn bans are implemented; firework sales are banned; more grass fires occur
  • Blue-green algae impacts water supply; ponds and streams are dry
19.7
of KS
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Cattle sales are high; emergency grazing is opened; corn and wheat crops fail; pasture conditions are poor
  • Major infestation of locusts occurs; quail and pheasant populations are reduced; trees are stressed
  • Emergency water supplies are needed; river levels are low; municipal water restrictions are implemented
10.0
of KS
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • All crops are severely impacted/not harvested; ground is cracking
  • Wildfires and large dust storms occur
  • All aquatic species and food chains are affected; fish kills occur
0
of KS
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Stock pond levels decrease
  • Planting is delayed (particularly for winter wheat)
  • Irrigation/watering demands increase
75.9
of KS
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Wheat and grasses are drought stressed; hay demand increases
  • Fire danger increases
  • Pond levels are low; habitat is poor in migratory flyways
49.9
of KS
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Wheat, corn, soybean, and hay yields are low; crops are severely damaged
  • Burn bans are implemented; firework sales are banned; more grass fires occur
  • Blue-green algae impacts water supply; ponds and streams are dry
19.7
of KS
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Cattle sales are high; emergency grazing is opened; corn and wheat crops fail; pasture conditions are poor
  • Major infestation of locusts occurs; quail and pheasant populations are reduced; trees are stressed
  • Emergency water supplies are needed; river levels are low; municipal water restrictions are implemented
10.0
of KS
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • All crops are severely impacted/not harvested; ground is cracking
  • Wildfires and large dust storms occur
  • All aquatic species and food chains are affected; fish kills occur
0
of KS
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Stock pond levels decrease
  • Planting is delayed (particularly for winter wheat)
  • Irrigation/watering demands increase
81.4
of KS
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Wheat and grasses are drought stressed; hay demand increases
  • Fire danger increases
  • Pond levels are low; habitat is poor in migratory flyways
59.8
of KS
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Wheat, corn, soybean, and hay yields are low; crops are severely damaged
  • Burn bans are implemented; firework sales are banned; more grass fires occur
  • Blue-green algae impacts water supply; ponds and streams are dry
19.7
of KS
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Cattle sales are high; emergency grazing is opened; corn and wheat crops fail; pasture conditions are poor
  • Major infestation of locusts occurs; quail and pheasant populations are reduced; trees are stressed
  • Emergency water supplies are needed; river levels are low; municipal water restrictions are implemented
10.0
of KS
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • All crops are severely impacted/not harvested; ground is cracking
  • Wildfires and large dust storms occur
  • All aquatic species and food chains are affected; fish kills occur
0
of KS
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 Kansas from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in Kansas lasted 248 weeks beginning on November 9, 2010, and ending on August 4, 2015. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of August 21, 2012, where D4 affected 66.93% of Kansas 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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