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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Tennessee

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 Tennessee 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 Tennessee. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Honey production is down; fewer plants are available to pollinate
  • Lake and pond levels begin to lower
74.7
of TN
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Agriculture ponds dry up; farmers are hauling water; hay yield is low
  • More insects and voles are observed, although mosquito numbers are down; disease spreads in trout, fish hatchery closes
  • Leaves fall early
10.7
of TN
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Corn is severely stressed; producers are importing hay and selling livestock
  • Air quality is poor; burn bans are implemented; active wildfires are reported
  • Aquatic species die off
0
of TN
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Water supply is inadequate for wildlife
0
of TN
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Large wildfires are reported
0
of TN
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Honey production is down; fewer plants are available to pollinate
  • Lake and pond levels begin to lower
45.5
of TN
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Agriculture ponds dry up; farmers are hauling water; hay yield is low
  • More insects and voles are observed, although mosquito numbers are down; disease spreads in trout, fish hatchery closes
  • Leaves fall early
1.3
of TN
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Corn is severely stressed; producers are importing hay and selling livestock
  • Air quality is poor; burn bans are implemented; active wildfires are reported
  • Aquatic species die off
0
of TN
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Water supply is inadequate for wildlife
0
of TN
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Large wildfires are reported
0
of TN
(D4)
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Honey production is down; fewer plants are available to pollinate
  • Lake and pond levels begin to lower
19.5
of TN
(D0–D4)
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Agriculture ponds dry up; farmers are hauling water; hay yield is low
  • More insects and voles are observed, although mosquito numbers are down; disease spreads in trout, fish hatchery closes
  • Leaves fall early
0.0
of TN
(D1–D4)
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Corn is severely stressed; producers are importing hay and selling livestock
  • Air quality is poor; burn bans are implemented; active wildfires are reported
  • Aquatic species die off
0
of TN
(D2–D4)
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Water supply is inadequate for wildlife
0
of TN
(D3–D4)
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Large wildfires are reported
0
of TN
(D4)
791,868
people in Tennessee are affected by drought
0
counties with USDA disaster designations
61st
driest May was in 2022, over the past 128 years
29th
wettest year to date was in 2022, over the past 128 years

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Summary

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Drought in Tennessee from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1-D4) in Tennessee lasted 116 weeks beginning on February 13, 2007, and ending on April 28, 2009. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of October 16, 2007, where D4 affected 70.49% of Tennessee land.

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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