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Intermountain West Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of December 6-12

In Utah, the continuing dry conditions warranted degrading the remaining abnormally dry conditions in the southeastern portion of the state to moderate drought (D1). In New Mexico, the lack of precipitation over the past two months has taken a toll on soil moisture at 2-8 inch depths at most monitoring sites. Abnormally dry conditions spread across most of the eastern part of the state, save a small area in the southeastern corner.

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U.S. Drought Monitor - Intermountain West DEWS

As of December 12, 2017

Author: Jessica Blunden,NCEI/NOAA

U.S. Drought Monitor - Intermountain West DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Intermountain West DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
12/12/2017
23.55%76.45%43.85%0.51%0.00%0.00%
Last Week
12/05/2017
37.19%62.81%42.36%0.51%0.00%0.00%
Three Months Ago
9/12/2017
66.76%33.24%5.41%0.08%0.00%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/03/2017
47.82%52.18%20.83%1.71%0.00%0.00%
Start of Water Year
10/03/2017
60.65%39.35%5.23%0.00%0.00%0.00%
One Year Ago
12/13/2016
28.19%71.81%26.35%2.68%0.00%0.00%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
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