Map released: Thurs. October 1, 2020
Data valid: September 29, 2020 at 8 a.m. EDT


  • None
  • D0 (Abnormally Dry)
  • D1 (Moderate Drought)
  • D2 (Severe Drought)
  • D3 (Extreme Drought)
  • D4 (Exceptional Drought)
  • No Data


The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.

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Potential Impacts

The state table below highlights common impacts reported in the state. For more impact details, please visit the Drought Impact Reporter.

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D0 Crop growth is stunted; stock pond levels decline
Prayer session is held for rain
D1 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
Fewer mosquitoes are observed than normal
Drought is hard on landscaping businesses
D2 Crops are suffering
The number of wildfires is high
Trees lose leaves early
Soil is dry, cracked, and pulling away from foundations
Creeks are dried up
D3 Soybeans are severely dry, crop yields are minimal, supplemental hay for livestock increases, livestock are stressed
Lawns go dormant
D4 Ohio has had little or no experience in D4 so no impacts have been recorded at that level in the Drought Impact Reporter

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