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US Drought Monitor

Local Area Affected

State and Local Government Actions

 Soil Moisture Conditions

Agricultural Impacts

Hydrologic Impacts

Fire Danger Hazards

Climate Summary

Long Range Precip. & 
Temperature Outlooks

 U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook

 Related Websites



9/10/2013...Areas of D1 moderate drought have crept back into portions of east central Illinois and northwest Indiana within our area. The moderate drought area covered portions of LaSalle, Livingston, Ford, Iroquois, and Kankakee counties in Illinois as well as mostly Newton and Benton counties in NW Indiana. 

US Drought Monitor Maps


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:

Illinois drought monitor map
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.

Indiana Drought Monitor Map


 Local Area Affected

D1 Drought Areas: Far southern LaSalle, Livingston, Iroquois, Ford, eastern Kankakee, far southern Porter, Newton, Benton, far southern Jasper.


State and Local Government Actions

No actions are currently being reported.

Soil Moisture Conditions


Total Moisture Storage Percentiles Current Soil Moisture Anomalies in the First 5 Feet of Soil


Agricultural Impacts


Click here for the latest Crop Progress and Condition Report in Illinois

Click here for the latest Crop Progress and Condition Report in Indiana

Hydrologic Impacts (River and Streamflows and Groundwater Conditions)


Below are real-time streamflow conditions from USGS WaterWatch:

Illinois Streamflow Conditions Indiana Streamflow Conditions



Fire Danger Hazards


Keetch-Byram Drought Index

The Keetch-Byram Drought Index (KBDI) is a drought index that is specifically related to fire potential. The KBDI 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 (KBDI)
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

KBDI and Dead Fuel Moisture data can be found on the Wildland Fire Assessment System (WFAS) web site at:



Climate Summary 

 The images below show the amount of precipitation that has fallen across the region in the past 7 and 30 days, respectively:

Precipitation Last 7 Days

Precipitation Last 30 Days

Observed Precipitation Last 7 Days Observed Precipitation Last 30 Days




Long Range Precipitation and Temperature Outlooks

Below is the 5-day forecast precipitation outlook from the Hydrometeorological Prediction Center:

HPC Forecast 120 hour Precipitation Total

Below is the 8-14 day precipitation and temperature outlook from the Climate Prediction Center (CPC) :  

8-14 Day Precipitation Outlook from the Climate Prediction Center 8-14 Day Temperature Outlook from the Climate Prediction Center

 Below is the one month precipitation and temperature outlook from the CPC:

One Month Precipitation Outlook One Month Temperature Outlook

 Below is the 90-day precipitation and temperature outlook from the CPC:

90-day Precipitation Outlook 90-day Temperature Outlook

Finally, here is a look at the US Seasonal Drought Outlook, issued by the CPC:

Seasonal Drought Outlook


Questions or Comments:

If you have any questions or comments about this information, please contact:

National Weather Service- Chicago

333 West University Drive Romeoville, IL 60446

Phone: 815-834-0600  Email: lot.webmaster@noaa.gov


The drought monitor is a multi-agency effort involving NOAA’s national weather service and national climatic data center, the USDA, state and regional center climatologists and the national drought mitigation center. Information for this statement has been gathered from NWS and FAA observation sites, cooperative and volunteer observations, USDAFS, the USDA and USGS.

Related Websites: 

The Illinois Drought Response Task Force:


Indiana Drought Information:


For state climate impacts:

Illinois State Climatologist:

Indiana State Climate Office:

Illinois Water Survey Drought Pages:

U.S. Drought Portal:

USGS Water Conditions

Drought Impact Reporter  view or submit drought impact reports

Illinois Farm Bureau Farm Week Crop Watchers: cropwatchers.ilfb.org/



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