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Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of February 6-12, 2019

Little or no precipitation fell again this week on the southern High Plains, prompting broad D0 and more limited D1 expansion across the Texas Panhandle into adjacent Oklahoma, west-central Texas, part of the Big Bend, and the southwestern tier of Texas as far north as Sutton and Kimble Counties. Over the last four weeks, only about 0.1 inch of precipitation has fallen on much of the dry area from the northern Big Bend into the Texas Panhandle and adjacent Oklahoma, with the wetter spots recording up to 0.25 inch. Farther south, four-week totals of 0.25 to locally approaching an inch covered the southern Big Bend and upper southwestern Texas near the Rio Grande River. South-central and Deep South Texas received 0.5 to over an inch. The dry weather allowed for enhanced chances of significant wildfire activity in the Texas Panhandle and western Oklahoma.

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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
2/12/2019
70.62%29.38%4.57%1.00%0.00%0.00%
Last Week
2/05/2019
83.33%16.67%3.81%1.00%0.00%0.00%
Three Months Ago
11/13/2018
85.04%14.96%7.28%1.78%0.33%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/01/2019
88.83%11.17%3.49%1.12%0.01%0.00%
One Year Ago
2/13/2018
6.18%93.82%82.25%54.06%15.66%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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