A westerly flow dominated the upper-level circulation across the contiguous U.S. (CONUS) during this U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) week. D0-D1 were pulled back slightly in southeastern Texas where more than an inch of rain fell this week, but otherwise the South saw large areas of degradation. D0-D3 expanded in Oklahoma … Read More

Moderate drought was improved over portions of eastern Texas. Despite the dry pattern over the last several weeks, the precipitation prevented further degradation in the rest of the Ark-La-Tex region. In the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, dryness continued and degradation was widespread. Extreme drought was pushed to the west in … Read More

At the end of the current United States Drought Monitor period, the area from east Texas into southern Louisiana and southwest Mississippi recorded 1-2 inches of precipitation. A few areas that were abnormally dry did warrant improvements, but most areas welcomed the precipitation. The dryness over the Texas and Oklahoma … Read More

Despite recent rain, the recent trend toward drought intensification and expansion resumed. In particular, additional assessments from local experts as well as updated data and indices indicated drought conditions were slow to relinquish their grip across the central and northern Delta. During the 7-day period ending on Tuesday morning, bitterly … Read More

For the first time in more than 3 1/2 months, a widespread soaking rain fell over large parts of the region this week, where 1 to 2+ inches of rain was received in places, including over the extreme drought (D3) area around the Texas-Louisiana-Arkansas border, which shrank considerably. Deeper moisture … Read More

While it was dry across much of the South, some southern regions saw welcome precipitation around the 7th to the 8th. Snow fell across south Texas, where some drought conditions improved. Corpus Christi recorded snow for just its ninth day on record, with 1-3 inches falling around the area. However, … Read More

On this week’s map, conditions continued to deteriorate in the region despite some precipitation (generally less than 1 inch) being observed in portions of eastern Oklahoma and the northern Gulf Coast of Texas. According to NOAA’s NCEI, the South experienced its third driest and eighth warmest November on record. In … Read More

On this week’s map, conditions continued to deteriorate in the region as a result of short-term precipitation deficits, below normal streamflow activity, and low soil moisture. Areas of Moderate Drought (D1) expanded in Oklahoma while areas of Severe Drought (D2) spread in southeastern Oklahoma and northeastern Texas. In … Read More

Negligible precipitation, if any, was observed in areas of dryness and drought from Missouri and Kansas southward through Texas and Louisiana. As a result, short-term dryness continued to intensify at a fairly rapid clip, particularly from central Arkansas and adjacent Oklahoma southward. D1 and D2 conditions expanded in southeastern Oklahoma … Read More

A band of 1 to 2 inch rainfall amounts extended across north-central Texas, but most of the region was dry, receiving a few tenths of an inch, if any. No measurable precipitation has fallen during the last 30 to 45 days in western Oklahoma, the Texas Panhandle, and interior … Read More