US Drought Monitor, April 1, 2014



Moving westward in Texas, conditions continued to deteriorate as short- and long-term precipitation deficits and declining reservoir levels raised concern. According to Water Data for Texas, San Angelo Area reservoirs are currently 7.9 percent full while the Panhandle Planning Region reservoirs are currently 1.7 percent full. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, March 25, 2014



In Texas, the combination of short- and long-term precipitation deficits, low reservoir levels, and low soil moisture led to widespread deterioration of conditions across the western two-thirds of the state. Most notable on this week’s map was the expansion of areas of Extreme Drought (D3) and Exceptional Drought (D4) across the Panhandle and north-central Texas while areas of Severe Drought (D2) and Extreme Drought (D3) expanded across central and west-central Texas. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, March 18, 2014



Intensifying drought across the southern Plains and western Texas contrasted with localized drought relief in eastern portions of the region. A developing late winter storm generated widespread rain from northeastern Texas into eastern Oklahoma, with totals topping 2 to 3 inches in the wettest locations. Consequently, some drought reduction was noted, particularly where rain was heaviest. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, March 11, 2014



Moderate to heavy rains of 1 to 3 inches fell on much of southern and southeastern Texas last week, but most of the region was drier than normal again. Precipitation totals topped a half inch across roughly the southeastern one-third of Texas. Dryness and drought improved in portions of south and southeast Texas, but numerous areas elsewhere deteriorated. Read more…

US Drought Monitor for March 4, 2014



In Texas, there were a variety of changes to the drought depiction, both improvement and deterioration. Recent precipitation was heaviest across southern and eastern Texas, where there were widespread changes for the better. General, slight deterioration was noted—with a few exceptions—across northern and western Texas. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Feb. 18, 2014



Mostly dry weather and a west to east warming trend occurred in the central and southern Plains, with precipitation (0.2-0.8 inches) limited to eastern Texas. With significant precipitation (0.5-1 inch liquid equivalent) falling the past 30 days across the central Plains, plus relatively low normal precipitation amounts for this time of year, no changes were made in the central Plains. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Feb. 4, 2014



Though light to moderate precipitation (under 2.0 inches) fell over parts of western, far southern, eastern, and northern Texas, many areas received little to no precipitation during the past week (though a few locations in the ArkLaTex region received 2-3 inches of rain). The precipitation that did fall helped to alleviate some of the short-term dryness. However, reservoirs along the Colorado River, as a whole, are at their lowest level (as a percent of normal) for this time of year ever, as is true of total water storage across the state. These factors prompted a number of 1-category improvements and degradations to the Texas drought depiction. Read more…


US Drought Monitor, Jan. 28, 2014


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In Texas, much of the eastern Panhandle has received 25 percent or less of normal precipitation in the past 60-days, with some locales in the lowest 5 percent (AHPS). This sizable area of lowest quartile PNP’s extends into western Oklahoma. PNP’s within the second quartile (25-50 percent of normal) are widespread across much of Oklahoma and southeastern Texas. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Jan. 21, 2014



A few areas in southeastern Texas and the Texas Panhandle worsened to Abnormally Dry (D0) or Moderate Drought (D1) levels, which were on the cusp of classifications last week. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Jan. 14, 2014



Despite a pair of storms brushing the region, most of the core drought areas of Texas and the southern Plains remained dry. Rain, ice, and snow (0.25 to 1.50 inches) were limited to eastern-most portions of Texas and Oklahoma, offering little in the way of drought relief.

Short- and long-term drought is prevalent from northern Texas into central Oklahoma, where 90-day precipitation has totaled 50 percent of normal or less (locally less than 30 percent of normal). Topsoil and subsoil moisture remained extremely limited across much of north-central Texas and neighboring portions of Oklahoma; soil moisture percentile rankings are in the 5th percentile or lower in the Extreme and Exceptional Drought (D3-D4) areas of the southern Plains.

The drought continues to take a toll on Texas’ winter wheat, which was rated 38 percent very poor to poor as of January 12. In southeastern Texas, areas that mostly missed the past week’s 1-inch rainfall were included in the expanded D0 area (Abnormally Dry) to reflect drier-than-normal conditions over the past 60 days (50 to 60 percent of normal) and increasingly low soil moisture (10th percentile or lower). Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Jan. 7, 2014


Last week was generally very dry and very cold as an Arctic air mass made its presence known from the U.S.-Canadian border down to the Gulf of Mexico. One area that continues to see steady improvement is in deep southern Texas where contraction continues this week across the D0-D2 pockets scattered about the region. One area that hasn’t shared in the favorable pattern is the southeastern coast of Texas and the southwest corner of Louisiana, where D0 is introduced this week. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Dec. 31, 2013



Light to moderate rains (0.5 to 1.6 inches) fell across southern Texas, prompting a 1-category improvement across most of the region. A reassessment of conditions led to the removal of the extreme drought (D3) near Corpus Christi. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Dec. 17, 2013


Last week was rather cool and dry for most parts of these regions as the drought keeps its grip and begins to swell again across parts of southern Texas and western Oklahoma and the panhandles of both states. Scattered pockets of increases and/or introductions of D1/D3 are noted in both states given the continued dryness of late on top of long-term (12- to 36-months) dryness, which has left behind dry stock ponds and slowed winter wheat and pasture growth/recovery. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Dec. 3, 2013


Beneficial rains fell in eastern Texas., where areas of Abnormal Dryness (D0) were alleviated. The lack of precipitation in other parts of Texas led to an expansion of Extreme (D3) and Severe Drought (D2) in the Panhandle and Severe (D2) and moderate Drought (D1) in the southern part of the state. Despite other parts of the region receiving little precipitation, drought status did not change. Cool temperatures helped mitigate impacts from the lack of precipitation. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Nov. 26, 2013


Widespread 1+ inches of precipitation contracted Abnormally Dry conditions in southeast Oklahoma. In Texas, the heaviest rains (5+ inches) fell over drought-free areas, but widespread 2+ inches of precipitation occurred over drought areas, shrinking Abnormally Dry to Exceptional Drought conditions in many parts of the state. Exceptional Drought expand in north central Texas, near Wilbarger County, reflecting persistent dryness, especially at long time scales. An area reflecting short and long-term impacts was added to the South, centered on the Texas panhandle, to reflect both short-term and long-term precipitation deficits as well as agricultural and hydrological impacts. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Nov. 19, 2013


Another dry week in the South led to expansion of drought in Texas and Oklahoma. Abnormally Dry expanded over southwest Texas to reflect 60-day dryness and local burn bans and Severe to Extreme Drought also expanded there, while Moderate to Exceptional Drought expanded in northwest and north central Texas. Improvement was made in the panhandle where Severe to Extreme were trimmed and in central to east Texas where Abnormally Dry conditions were pulled back. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Oct. 29, 2013


Some heavy rains on Oct. 26 brought enough precipitation to show some improvements in southeast Oklahoma, the Oklahoma panhandle and eastern Texas. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Oct. 22, 2013


With some widespread rains throughout central and east Texas, improvements were made in many areas this week. In and along the reservoir system associated with the Colorado River in Texas, an area of D2 was introduced this week in response to the impact of the historically low reservoirs along the system, water restrictions, and even some communities having to ship water in for consumption. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Oct. 15, 2013


Another week of scattered heavy rains led to several areas of improvements, notably the elimination of most D2 in southeast Arkansas and adjacent areas, a general 1-category improvement in central Louisiana, and in the wetter areas across Texas. Despite the recent wet pattern, however, heavier rains have largely missed a few small areas, prompting 1-category deteriorations there. Read more…

US Drought Monitor, Oct. 8, 2013


30-day precipitation amounts were below normal across western Texas, but in the central High Plains, above-normal precipitation exists on time scales dating back at least 90 days. As a result, small areas in western Texas deteriorated, but most of the region remained unchanged despite the dry week. Read more…