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Livestock Wx for March 22, 2019: By the Numbers
The number of counties that have been declared a state of emergency in Nebraska due to the ongoing flooding. That’s out of 93 counties. The Nebraska Army National Guard are using CH-47 Chinook helicopters to drop hay to stranded cattle.
Early estimates of the damage to cow/calf producers and feedlot operations in Nebraska.
5% in drought
The percentage of the contiguous U.S. that is considered in drought. This is the lowest estimate for the U.S. since the U.S. Drought Monitor started in 2000. Texas saw a 5 point drop while Oklahoma dropped by about 1 percentage point and is now considered drought free.
1.25” of precipitation
The amount of precipitation parts of the Texas/Oklahoma Panhandle could see over the next 7-days.
2-4 inches of precipitation
Precipitation deficits parts of South Texas are seeing since October 2018. Not everywhere is drought free and Jim Hogg, Starr, and Zapata Counties are seeing some of the largest deficits in Texas. We could see an expansion of drought in these areas over the next week.
40% Chance of Above Normal Precipitation
The odds NOAA is giving the Southern-tier of the U.S. of having above-normal precipitation for April-May-June. This is a classic El Niño pattern and hopefully it will help the drought conditions we are seeing in South Texas.
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