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Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of July 11-17

Generally warm conditions were found across the South during the last week. Scattered, generally disorganized areas of moderate to heavy rain fell over parts of Oklahoma, Texas (excluding central and south Texas), Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee, and Mississippi. Improvements in drought conditions occurred in parts of the Texas and Oklahoma panhandles, while drought expanded in other parts of the panhandles. Extreme drought developed over a small area of northeast Oklahoma as a result of short- and long-term precipitation deficits. Scattered heavy rain over north Texas led to changing drought conditions as many areas that received heavy rain saw improvements to their conditions. Heavy rain in southwest Texas also partially alleviated drought conditions.

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U.S. Drought Monitor - Southern Plains DEWS

U.S. Drought Monitor - Southern Plains DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Southern Plains DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
7/17/2018
22.61%77.39%56.18%29.95%9.59%0.04%
Last Week
7/10/2018
20.78%79.22%58.31%29.59%11.31%0.00%
Three Months Ago
4/17/2018
27.89%72.11%60.54%40.18%24.23%7.86%
Start of Calendar Year
1/02/2018
22.04%77.96%39.92%11.37%0.07%0.00%
One Year Ago
7/18/2017
71.69%28.31%6.74%0.47%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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