You are here

Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of August 7 – 13, 2019

No measurable rain fell on a large area from the Red River Valley southward through Texas east of the Big Bend. In contrast, most of northeastern Oklahoma was doused by 2 to locally 6 inches of rain. Less remarkable rainfall amounts exceeding one-half inch were recorded in the Texas Panhandle and central and northern Oklahoma, with heavy rains approaching 4 inches reported in a few scattered areas. Dryness and drought expanded and intensified, with some degree of dryness now covering northeastern Texas, central and western Oklahoma, and roughly the western two-thirds of Texas from the upper reaches of Deep South Texas northward to the central Panhandle and the Big Bend. Severe drought was noted in parts of southern Texas, west-central Texas, and in a strip from southwestern Oklahoma westward along the southern fringes of the Texas Panhandle. Parts of these D2 areas received 3 to 6 inches less rainfall than normal over the past 60 days, including most of southwestern Oklahoma and adjacent Texas. Dating back to mid-July, most of Oklahoma (outside the northeastern quarter) and Texas were at least an inch short of normal rainfall; 30-day rainfall totals below 0.5 inch fell on southwestern Oklahoma and a broad swath of central and southern Texas from the Red River and lower Panhandle southward to the lower Rio Grande Valley.

Find out more about the Southern Plains DEWS

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
8/13/2019
45.36%54.64%17.38%3.55%0.13%0.00%
Last Week
8/06/2019
58.37%41.63%8.29%1.31%0.00%0.00%
Three Months Ago
5/14/2019
97.33%2.67%0.73%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/01/2019
88.83%11.17%3.49%1.12%0.01%0.00%
One Year Ago
8/14/2018
21.57%78.43%61.34%33.79%9.55%0.74%

Drought Intensities

  •       None: No Drought
  •       D0: Abnormally Dry
  •       D1: Moderate Drought
  •       D2: Severe Drought
  •       D3: Extreme Drought
  •       D4: Exceptional Drought
Logos for USDA, NDMC, DOC, and NOAA
Download the following pie chart as an Image
Showing Data will replace the pie chart below with a data table.
Pie chart describing current drought for this location.