US Drought Monitor and Summary for Feb. 24, 2015

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A major winter storm system moved across the Lower to Mid-Mississippi Valley and Southeast during the middle of this USDM week, followed by another system at the end of the week which moved out of the Southern Plains and across the Southeast. The storm systems mostly missed the Gulf of Mexico coastal areas, which generally received less than half an inch of moisture. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Feb. 20, 2015

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Precipitation was below normal (half an inch or less) across most of the Great Plains, except portions of Texas and southeast Oklahoma which received an inch or more of precipitation. D0-D3 expanded in southwest Texas to the Texas panhandle due to re-evaluation of data. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Feb. 10, 2015

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During the past week, generally dry conditions prevailed across most of the region with the exception of some light shower activity (less than one inch of accumulation) along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Temperatures across the region were well above normal in the western portions of Texas, while southeastern Texas experienced below-normal temperatures. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Feb. 3, 2015

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Most of the Gulf Coast was dry for the week as well as east Texas. Areas of Oklahoma into the Texas panhandle did have a wet week with the storm that came out of the southwest. Some slight improvements were made to the D4 conditions in the Texas panhandle as well as slight reductions of D0, D1, and D2 conditions. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Jan. 27, 2015

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Most of Texas and southern Oklahoma recorded precipitation this week, but most other areas were dry. Temperatures were 2-6 degrees above normal over most areas except west Texas, which was 2-4 degrees below normal. Improvements to the drought status were made in southern and eastern portions of Texas in response to this week’s precipitation. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Jan. 20, 2015

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South of the Texas Panhandle, precipitation has been variable lately, and drought designations have likewise improved at some places and times, and deteriorated in others. But short-term conditions have averaged much closer to normal across the region as a whole, with precipitation shortfalls observed on time scales of 6 months to multiple years. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Jan. 13, 2015

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Moderate to locally heavy precipitation prompted patchy improvement across southern and eastern Texas, but it was a cold and dry week elsewhere, keeping dryness and drought predominantly unchanged. Some deterioration was noted in a few spots in northern Texas, including some D4 expansion into Hardeman and Foard Counties just southeast of the Panhandle. Precipitation since October 2014 has totaled less than 75 percent of normal across much of the Panhandle and in adjacent areas to the east, and 6-month totals below half of normal were noted in a few small areas in southwestern Oklahoma and the central Texas Panhandle. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Jan. 6, 2015

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Significant precipitation fell across southeastern Oklahoma and parts of Texas. A protracted winter storm brought damaging accumulations of freezing rain to portions of the southern High Plains Farther east, an area of heavy rain covered much of eastern Texas and the southeastern corner of Oklahoma. Despite the early-January rainfall, long-term precipitation deficits persisted across many areas of the southern plains, including northeastern Texas. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Dec. 23, 2014

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2-5 inches of rain fell along the western Gulf Coast (especially near Houston), providing some relief to D0-D2 areas near Victoria and Corpus Christi. To the west, D2-D4 was degraded by a category in north-central Texas as continuing short-term deficiencies and long-term drought impacts mounted, especially in Palo Pinto and Parker counties. Lake Palo Pinto was down to 9 percent full as of Dec. 23, down from 100 percent full in early 2012. In addition, the impact line was also adjusted to put this area in short and long-term drought (SL). Similarly in south-central Texas (small D3 area), Medina Lake was only 3.3 percent full, another good example that some areas of Texas have yet to recover from the long-term drought, even with occasional periods of wetness since it started in 2011. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Dec. 16, 2014

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Minimal or no precipitation fell on western and southern sections of Texas, and some slight deterioration in drought was warranted in Texas in the northwestern Panhandle, along the southeastern coast near Matagorda Bay, and northeast of Houston. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Dec. 9, 2014

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Most of the region was dry this past week, with the exceptions of the eastern Panhandle of Oklahoma, eastern and southeastern Oklahoma, and a few locales near the Texas Coast. Short-term dryness is emerging across parts of northeast and southeast Texas, and in the Panhandle. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Dec. 2, 2014

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In Texas, drought impacts are mostly longer-term, and with temperatures generally cooler than normal, conditions are slow to change. One exception is over parts of northeast Texas, which have accumulated significant precipitation deficits (greater than 6 inches) over the last 90-days. This warranted a one-category degradation in the drought depiction, from abnormal dryness (D0) to moderate drought (D1), for the counties of Fannin, Lamar, Red River, and much of Bowie. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Nov. 25, 2014

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Moderate to heavy rainfall (1 to 6 inches) was noted across much of central and eastern Texas, with the highest concentration of heavy rain near San Antonio and Austin. Consequently, there were widespread reductions to drought intensity and coverage in the areas where rain was heaviest. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

US Drought Monitor for Nov. 18, 2014

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Bitter cold — albeit dry — weather resulted in no change to the drought depiction except along the Texas Gulf Coast. Despite the frigid, mostly dry conditions, some Abnormal Dryness (D0) was reduced along the southeastern coast of Texas where rainfall totaled locally more than 2 inches. Short-term drought remained most intense (Exceptional Drought – D4) along the Texas-Oklahoma border west of Wichita Falls, where 90-day precipitation has totaled less than 50 percent of normal. In contrast, many of the long-term drought areas from Texas into Colorado have received above-normal precipitation over the past 90 days, but are still wrestling with the impacts of longer-term deficits. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Nov. 11, 2014

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Heavy rains fell across the drought stricken regions of Texas, with rainfall totals exceeding 6 inches, prompting anywhere from a full 1-category improvement to minor reductions in drought. The restrained approach in the improvement was due to the drought being primarily long-term, defined by flows in large rivers and storage in major reservoirs, both of which showed little change with the recent rains. Dry conditions continue across southeast Texas, with D0 expanding slightly. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Nov. 4, 2014

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Some reductions in drought intensity and coverage were made over the Texas Panhandle, partly due to recent rains and partly due to a reassessment of conditions in conjunction with the Texas state climatologist. Across central and eastern Oklahoma, recent rains (0.5 – 2.6 inches) prompted some small areas of 1-category reduction in drought. No changes were made across southeast Oklahoma. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Oct. 28, 2014

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A week of above-normal temperatures coupled with dryness again brought concerns to the region that the long-term drought conditions will remain. Temperatures were 9-12 degrees Fahrenheit above normal over most of Oklahoma and north Texas while other areas were generally 6-9 degrees Fahrenheit above normal this week. Most of the region was dry, with weekly departures of up to 1.50 inches below normal over east Texas. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Oct. 24, 2014

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Heavy rain moved through the Plains last week and improvements in drought conditions were reflected then. This week was a relatively dry week in the region. There was a slight expansion of Extreme Drought (D3) and Abnormal Dryness (D0) in Texas during this Drought Monitor week as areas of the Texas panhandle and central Texas have missed beneficial rains. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Oct. 14, 2014

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Texas was a mixed bag this week, with rains improving things by 1 category in the eastern portion of the state (in general), but warm and dry conditions leading to degradation, with expansion of D1-D3 sneaking back in across south Texas. North-central Texas has also fared a bit better of late, and this is reflected in a slight trimming of D2-D4 in this part of the state and along the Red River border with Oklahoma. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Oct. 7, 2014

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All but eastern Oklahoma and eastern Texas missed out on any substantial precipitation last week while above-normal temperatures returned for most locales across the region, including most of Arkansas. Rains in eastern Texas led to some slight trimming of the southern Abnormally Dry (D0) flank, but all other changes in Texas and Oklahoma were for the worse across south-central Oklahoma along the Red River and in north-central Texas along with the Panhandle, where the past 60 days have brought less than 50 percent of normal rains coupled with temperatures running 2-4 degrees above normal. Read more…