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Portions of these pages may not be routinely updated when there is no drought in southern Indiana or central Kentucky

Local Drought Information Statement  

U.S. Drought Monitor:

The data cutoff for Drought Monitor maps is Tuesday at 8 a.m. Eastern.
Rain that falls after that time is not taken into account when crafting this
map. Also, rain forecast to fall in the future is not included in this map.

U.S. Drought Monitor 

State Drought Statistics

Indiana Drought Statistics

Kentucky drought statistics




Palmer Drought Index


U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook
U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook

National, State and Local Actions:

No known actions are taking place at this time.

National Drought Impacts

Climatological Summary:


Rain has been plentiful enough across the region to prevent drought conditions.

The images below are courtesy of the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.

Percentage of Normal Precipitation
7-day accumulated precipitation percent of average 30-day accumulated precipitation percentage of normal 90-day accumulated precipitation percentage of normal 180-day accumulated precipitation percentage from normal
7-day 30-day 90-day 180-day



Temperature Departure from Normal
7-day departure from normal temperature 30-day departure from normal temperatures Month to date temperature departure from normal
Last 7 days Last 30 days Month to date


MRCC's Drought Trigger Tool



The U.S. Drought Monitor is a weekly collaborative effort between a number of federal agencies including NOAA/NWS, U.S. Department of Agriculture and the National Drought Mitigation Center. Details and explanations of the Drought Monitor can found at the web site:

The categories of drought are defined as follows:

Abnormally Dry (D0) - Going into drought: short-term dryness slowing planting, growth of crops or pastures; fire risk above average. Coming out of drought: some lingering water deficits; pastures or crops not fully recovered.

Moderate Drought (D1) - Some damage to crops, pastures; fire risk high; streams, reservoirs, or wells low, some water shortages developing or imminent, voluntary water use restrictions requested.

Severe Drought (D2) - Crop or pasture losses likely; fire risk very high; water shortages common; water restrictions imposed.

Extreme Drought (D3) - Major crop/pasture losses; extreme fire danger; widespread water shortages or restrictions.

Exceptional Drought (D4) - Exceptional and widespread crop/pasture losses; exceptional fire risk; shortages of water in reservoirs, streams, and wells, creating water emergencies.

Disaster & Drought Assistance:

Drought ACIS:

Drought ACIS allows you the ability to explore data related to drought from the Regional Climate Centers (RCCs).  You can look at length or periods without rain, temperature data, and more.  Click on the logo below to gain access to this tool.

Kentucky Drought Mitigation and Response Plan

Indiana's Water Shortage Plan

Agricultural Impacts:


Crop Progress and Condition Report:

National Weekly Weather and Crop Bulletin

Crop Moisture Index U.S. Hay Areas Experiencing Drought U.S. Cattle Areas Experiencing Drought U.S. Corn Growing Areas Experiencing Drought U.S. Soybean Growing Areas Experiencing Drought
Crop Moisture Index U.S. Hay Areas Experiencing Drought U.S. Cattle Areas Experiencing Drought U.S. Corn Areas Experiencing Drought U.S. Soybean Areas Experiencing Drought
U.S. Winter Wheat Growing Areas Experiencing Drought Surface Groundwater Drought Indicator Shallow Groundwater Drought Indicator Root Zone Soil Moisture Drought Indicator  
U.S. Winter Wheat Areas Experiencing Drought Surface Soil Moisture Drought Indicator* Shallow Groundwater Drought Indicator* Root Zone Soil Moisture Drought Indicator*  


Soil moisture supply measures how much moisture is present in cropland top soil during the week. Soil moisture is reported as a percentage. The categories are very short, short, adequate, and surplus.

Very Short - Soil moisture supplies are significantly less than what is required for normal plant development. Growth has been stopped, or nearly so, and plants are showing visible signs of moisture stress. Under these conditions, plants will quickly suffer irreparable damage.

Short - Soil dry.  Seed germination and/or normal crop growth and development would be curtailed.

Adequate - Soil moist.  Seed germination and/or crop growth and development would be normal or unhindered.

Surplus - Soil wet.  Fields may be muddy and will generally be unable to absorb additional moisture.  Young developing crops may be yellowing from excess moisture.

For additional information on agriculture impacts may be viewed from the:

*These graphics are experimental and may not always be current

Fire Danger Hazards:

National Fire Danger Class 
Fire Danger Class

National Significant Wildland Fire Potential OutlookWildland Fire Potential

Keetch-Bryam Drought Index:
Keetch-Bryam Drought Index



Description of Fire Danger Ratings

  • Low fire danger
  • Moderate fire danger
  • High fire danger
  • Very High Danger
  • Extreme fire danger

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is a drought index that is specifically related to fire potential. The KDBI is broken into four categories which indicate the susceptibility of ground fuels to fire danger. Below are the four categories and a brief description of each.

Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KDBI)
KBDI Value
Description of Fire Potential
0 to 200
Low - Wet with little danger of fire initiation
201 to 400
Moderate - Drying occurring with some fire danger
401 to 600
High - Ground cover dry and will burn readily
601 to 800
Extreme - Dead and live fuels will burn readily


Burn Bans:

Questions or Comments:

If you have any questions or comments about this drought information 
please contact NWS Louisville at:

Telephone: 502-969-8842 M-F except Federal Holidays

Other Contacts:

Local Agricultural Impacts:

State climate impacts: