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Conditions for the week of Feb. 8-14

Dry and very warm conditions prevailed this past week across most of the region, leading to additional drying across the area. However, a storm system on Feb. 12-13 dropped heavy rainfall in parts of Oklahoma, notably across the south. Some of the rain bands were heavy enough to improve drought conditions in a couple of small swaths in the southeastern portion of the state near the Texas border. In Texas, most of the heavy precipitation fell on areas that were not experiencing and drought or abnormal dryness. There was some small expansion of drought in north-central Texas and short-term drought in the far south. Temperatures have been around 4 degrees F warmer than normal for several months.   

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U.S. Drought Monitor - Southern Plains DEWS

As of February 14, 2017

Author: Jessica Blunden,NCEI/NOAA

U.S. Drought Monitor - Southern Plains DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Southern Plains DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
2/14/2017
75.37%24.63%14.11%5.35%0.82%0.00%
Last Week
2/07/2017
76.66%23.34%14.81%5.47%0.73%0.00%
Three Months Ago
11/15/2016
54.22%45.78%17.52%6.70%0.47%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/03/2017
65.81%34.19%17.53%9.68%0.87%0.00%
One Year Ago
2/16/2016
71.03%28.97%2.07%0.00%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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