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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Nevada

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 Nevada 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 Nevada. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Snowpack is reduced
  • Golf season is extended
100.0
of NV
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Forage is reduced
  • Fire danger increases; fires at elevation increase
100.0
of NV
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Summer recreation season is extended; hunting is compromised
  • Bear activity increases; wildlife encroach onto residential areas
  • Desert plants implement reproductive survival mechanisms
91.6
of NV
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Alfalfa and hay yields decrease; farmers are not planting crops
  • Pasture conditions are very poor; producers are selling cattle
  • Fire activity increases; fire season is extended; firework ban is implemented
76.1
of NV
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Boat ramps close; trout fishing limits are lifted; wildlife populations decline; producers haul water for wildlife; ecosystem viability is threatened
  • Citizens reduce water use
  • Reservoir levels are extremely low; hydropower production is limited, alternative power is expensive; groundwater decreases; water allotments to farmers and ranchers are curtailed
40.2
of NV
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Snowpack is reduced
  • Golf season is extended
100.0
of NV
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Forage is reduced
  • Fire danger increases; fires at elevation increase
100.0
of NV
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Summer recreation season is extended; hunting is compromised
  • Bear activity increases; wildlife encroach onto residential areas
  • Desert plants implement reproductive survival mechanisms
91.6
of NV
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Alfalfa and hay yields decrease; farmers are not planting crops
  • Pasture conditions are very poor; producers are selling cattle
  • Fire activity increases; fire season is extended; firework ban is implemented
76.1
of NV
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Boat ramps close; trout fishing limits are lifted; wildlife populations decline; producers haul water for wildlife; ecosystem viability is threatened
  • Citizens reduce water use
  • Reservoir levels are extremely low; hydropower production is limited, alternative power is expensive; groundwater decreases; water allotments to farmers and ranchers are curtailed
40.2
of NV
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Snowpack is reduced
  • Golf season is extended
100.0
of NV
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Forage is reduced
  • Fire danger increases; fires at elevation increase
100.0
of NV
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Summer recreation season is extended; hunting is compromised
  • Bear activity increases; wildlife encroach onto residential areas
  • Desert plants implement reproductive survival mechanisms
92.7
of NV
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Alfalfa and hay yields decrease; farmers are not planting crops
  • Pasture conditions are very poor; producers are selling cattle
  • Fire activity increases; fire season is extended; firework ban is implemented
79.2
of NV
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Boat ramps close; trout fishing limits are lifted; wildlife populations decline; producers haul water for wildlife; ecosystem viability is threatened
  • Citizens reduce water use
  • Reservoir levels are extremely low; hydropower production is limited, alternative power is expensive; groundwater decreases; water allotments to farmers and ranchers are curtailed
28.7
of NV
Source(s):

NDMCNOAAUSDA

Source(s):

NDMCNOAAUSDA

Source(s):

NDMCNOAAUSDA

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Drought in Nevada from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1–D4) in Nevada lasted 269 weeks beginning on December 27, 2011, and ending on February 14, 2017. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of February 23, 2021, where D4 affected 40.15% of Nevada 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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