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…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept. 30, 2014

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An inch or more of rain fell in parts of the South, with locally 3 inches or more in western and southern Texas. These rains, and rains from previous weeks, helped replenish soil moisture and refill reservoirs, so D0-D3 were contracted in the west and south. On a statewide basis, little change occurred in the topsoil and subsoil moisture conditions, with 53 percent of topsoil and 61 percent of subsoil in Texas short or very short of moisture, and 31 percent of the pasture and rangeland in poor to very poor condition. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept. 23, 2014

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There were several reports of 5 inches or more of rain in parts of southeast, central, and west Texas for the week, resulting in contraction of D0-D3. Rainfall from the remnants of Hurricane Odile significantly improved reservoirs in west Texas, with Guadalupe Mountains National Park reporting a total of 13.58 inches of rain and Gail (in Borden County) reporting 18.24 inches. On the other hand, continued dryness in northeast Texas and central to western Oklahoma resulted in expansion of D0-D3 in those areas Read more at the US Drought Monitor…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept 16, 2014

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Locally heavy rain came to the Southern Plains during this Drought Monitor week. Areas from southeastern New Mexico and into western and northern Texas benefited. Texas also experienced improvements along the southern Gulf Coast. Central Texas saw some degradation in drought conditions as did the coastal area around Houston. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept. 9, 2014

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Many improvements were made this week, especially in west Texas and the Texas panhandle, where a full category improvement was observed. Some tropical moisture made it into far south Texas and improvements were made to the Abnormally Dry (D0) and Moderate Drought (D1) areas this week. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Sept. 2, 2014

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Along the central and western Gulf Coast, locally heavy rainfall fell across coastal areas of Louisiana and Texas with some areas receiving five-to-ten inches helping to improve drought conditions in southeastern Texas. Read more…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Aug. 26, 2014

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On the map, conditions across parts of Texas continued to deteriorate as below-normal precipitation, high maximum temperatures, reduced soil moisture, and low reservoirs led to expansion of areas of Moderate Drought (D1), Severe Drought (D2), and Extreme Drought (D3) in the North Central and Gulf Coast Plains regions. According to Water Data for Texas, Coastal Bend Area reservoirs are currently 35.3 percent full while the Rio Grande Region Planning Region reservoirs are currently 22.1 percent full. In contrast, the East Texas reservoirs are currently 96.4 percent full. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Aug. 19, 2014

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Rain prompted some improvement in central Oklahoma, central and part of northeastern Texas, and some small areas farther north. Looking ahead, enhanced chances for below-normal precipitation are restricted to the Northwest and southern Texas. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

US Drought Monitor and Summary, Aug. 12, 2014

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Moderate rain was scattered with 0.5 inch or less falling on most of the upper Midwest, the central High Plains, southwestern Oklahoma, and central through northeastern Texas. Read more at droughtmonitor.unl.edu…

US Drought Monitor and Summary for Aug. 5, 2014

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Aside from some heavy showers in northern and eastern Texas, significant rainfall largely bypassed the Lone Star State in late July and early August. As a result, both topsoil and subsoil moisture was rated 67 percent very short to short on Aug. 3, according to USDA. Several degradations in the drought depiction were introduced in Texas, while USDA reported that rangeland and pasture “conditions began to deteriorate in areas of Edwards Plateau due to dry weather.” In addition, some producers in southern Texas “began to provide supplemental feed.” Read more…