Map released: Thurs. April 15, 2021
Data valid: April 13, 2021 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

No two states experience the same set of impacts during a drought.We developed tables of impacts reported during past droughts in each state for each level of drought on the U.S.Drought Monitor.These state - specific possible impacts complement the general, national possible impacts column of the U.S.Drought Monitor Classification Scheme.

To see or report current drought impacts, please visit the Drought Impacts Toolkit, where you can find impacts from media in the Drought Impact Reporter, and from citizen scientists and other volunteer observers under Condition Monitoring Observations.

How well does this table describe drought impacts in your state for each level of drought on the U.S.Drought Monitor ? Is anything missing ? Please fill out this survey to help improve the table.To submit observations about current drought conditions, please submit a Condition Monitoring Observer Report.

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

Drought Impact Reporter

How is drought affecting you? Submit drought impact and condition reports via the Drought Impact Reporter.

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