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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Indiana

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 Indiana 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 Indiana. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Dryland crops and rangeland are stressed
  • Lawns are brown; gardens are watered more frequently
25.1
of IN
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Crop growth is stunted; supplemental feed for livestock begins
  • Blue-green algae blooms appear
  • Creek and pond levels are low
2.3
of IN
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Corn and soybeans are in poor condition; irrigation increases; hay and crop yields are low
  • Wildlife encroach on urban areas for water
  • Lawns go dormant
0
of IN
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Corn is a total loss with no ears; corn is cut for feed; soybeans are severely dry; supplemental hay for livestock is increased; other row crops are impacted
  • Farmers’ markets are curtailed or canceled
  • Fireworks are banned; fire departments are strained
0
of IN
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Farmers sell cattle; feed costs are high; producers haul hay from outside of the state
  • Communities and businesses tied to water activities and agriculture experience economic losses
  • Water restrictions are implemented statewide; water shortage warnings are issued statewide
0
of IN
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Dryland crops and rangeland are stressed
  • Lawns are brown; gardens are watered more frequently
25.0
of IN
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Crop growth is stunted; supplemental feed for livestock begins
  • Blue-green algae blooms appear
  • Creek and pond levels are low
2.3
of IN
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Corn and soybeans are in poor condition; irrigation increases; hay and crop yields are low
  • Wildlife encroach on urban areas for water
  • Lawns go dormant
0
of IN
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Corn is a total loss with no ears; corn is cut for feed; soybeans are severely dry; supplemental hay for livestock is increased; other row crops are impacted
  • Farmers’ markets are curtailed or canceled
  • Fireworks are banned; fire departments are strained
0
of IN
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Farmers sell cattle; feed costs are high; producers haul hay from outside of the state
  • Communities and businesses tied to water activities and agriculture experience economic losses
  • Water restrictions are implemented statewide; water shortage warnings are issued statewide
0
of IN
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Dryland crops and rangeland are stressed
  • Lawns are brown; gardens are watered more frequently
30.7
of IN
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Crop growth is stunted; supplemental feed for livestock begins
  • Blue-green algae blooms appear
  • Creek and pond levels are low
8.6
of IN
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Corn and soybeans are in poor condition; irrigation increases; hay and crop yields are low
  • Wildlife encroach on urban areas for water
  • Lawns go dormant
0
of IN
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Corn is a total loss with no ears; corn is cut for feed; soybeans are severely dry; supplemental hay for livestock is increased; other row crops are impacted
  • Farmers’ markets are curtailed or canceled
  • Fireworks are banned; fire departments are strained
0
of IN
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Farmers sell cattle; feed costs are high; producers haul hay from outside of the state
  • Communities and businesses tied to water activities and agriculture experience economic losses
  • Water restrictions are implemented statewide; water shortage warnings are issued statewide
0
of IN

Explore Drought Conditions by City and County

Summary

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Drought in Indiana from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1–D4) in Indiana lasted 42 weeks beginning on July 23, 2002, and ending on May 6, 2003. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of August 7, 2012, where D4 affected 25.0% of Indiana 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.