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Missouri River Basin Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of September 12-18

Moderate (D1) and severe (D2) drought expanded westward in northwestern North Dakota. Abnormal dryness (D0) and moderate drought (D1) were also expanded in central South Dakota. With little to no rain and temperatures reaching into the upper 80s, drought conditions deteriorated toward the south/southwest in eastern Kansas. Conversely, the small patch of D0 from west central Kansas farther west into eastern Colorado improved to normal. In east central Colorado, D1 was extended into northern Elbert County, where virtually all crops in this county were rated very poor this year. Additionally, D0 was expanded slightly eastward in southern Wyoming and eastern Colorado. Exceptional drought (D4) was added to southeast and central Mesa County, and Delta County in western Colorado. No changes were made this week to the depictions in Nebraska as agricultural conditions in the state are good as the season ends.

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U.S. Drought Monitor - Missouri River Basin DEWS

As of September 18, 2018

Author: Jessica Blunden, NCEI/NOAA

U.S. Drought Monitor - Missouri River Basin DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Missouri River Basin DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
9/18/2018
64.07%35.93%14.82%4.30%1.02%0.07%
Last Week
9/11/2018
65.09%34.91%13.78%3.94%1.00%0.07%
Three Months Ago
6/19/2018
70.14%29.86%12.71%3.47%0.26%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/02/2018
22.97%77.03%29.17%11.40%4.41%0.00%
One Year Ago
9/19/2017
35.67%64.33%42.99%27.60%13.59%5.09%

Drought Intensities

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