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Current U.S. Drought Monitor Conditions for Ohio

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 Ohio 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 Ohio. 

D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Crop growth is stunted; stock pond levels decline
2.8
of OH
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Hay yield is low; hay is expensive; corn is curling; farmers feed hay early; fruit (cherries and plums) yield is low
  • Small brush fires occur; burn bans begin
  • Voluntary water restrictions are requested
0.0
of OH
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crops are suffering; trees lose leaves early
  • The number of wildfires is high
  • Soil is dry, cracked, and pulling away from foundations
0
of OH
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Soybeans are severely dry; crop yields are minimal
  • Supplemental hay for livestock increases; livestock are stressed
  • Lawns go dormant
0
of OH
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Ohio has experienced little or no exceptional (D4) drought, so there are no D4-level drought impacts recorded in the Drought Impact Reporter.
0
of OH
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Crop growth is stunted; stock pond levels decline
2.8
of OH
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Hay yield is low; hay is expensive; corn is curling; farmers feed hay early; fruit (cherries and plums) yield is low
  • Small brush fires occur; burn bans begin
  • Voluntary water restrictions are requested
0.0
of OH
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crops are suffering; trees lose leaves early
  • The number of wildfires is high
  • Soil is dry, cracked, and pulling away from foundations
0
of OH
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Soybeans are severely dry; crop yields are minimal
  • Supplemental hay for livestock increases; livestock are stressed
  • Lawns go dormant
0
of OH
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Ohio has experienced little or no exceptional (D4) drought, so there are no D4-level drought impacts recorded in the Drought Impact Reporter.
0
of OH
D0 - Abnormally Dry
  • Crop growth is stunted; stock pond levels decline
19.9
of OH
D1 - Moderate Drought
  • Hay yield is low; hay is expensive; corn is curling; farmers feed hay early; fruit (cherries and plums) yield is low
  • Small brush fires occur; burn bans begin
  • Voluntary water restrictions are requested
0.0
of OH
D2 - Severe Drought
  • Crops are suffering; trees lose leaves early
  • The number of wildfires is high
  • Soil is dry, cracked, and pulling away from foundations
0
of OH
D3 - Extreme Drought
  • Soybeans are severely dry; crop yields are minimal
  • Supplemental hay for livestock increases; livestock are stressed
  • Lawns go dormant
0
of OH
D4 - Exceptional Drought
  • Ohio has experienced little or no exceptional (D4) drought, so there are no D4-level drought impacts recorded in the Drought Impact Reporter.
0
of OH
0
people in Ohio are affected by drought
0
counties with USDA disaster designations
44th
wettest September was in 2021, over the past 127 years
51st
wettest year to date was in 2021, over the past 127 years

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Summary

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Drought in Ohio from 2000–Present

The U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Since 2000, the longest duration of drought (D1–D4) in Ohio lasted 44 weeks beginning on July 23, 2002, and ending on May 20, 2003. The most intense period of drought occurred the week of September 4, 2007, where D3 affected 11.45% of Ohio 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.