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Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of December 5-11, 2018

Moderate to heavy precipitation took place this week from western Texas through southern Oklahoma and central and southern Arkansas, into the Southeast. Slight improvements were made in southwestern Texas, where recent heavy rain was enough to lessen the extent of abnormally dry conditions since short-term precipitation deficits improved here. North of where the precipitation fell, abnormally dry conditions and moderate drought were expanded in north-central and northeastern 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
12/11/2018
84.38%15.62%4.14%1.16%0.14%0.00%
Last Week
12/04/2018
85.66%14.34%3.88%1.16%0.14%0.00%
Three Months Ago
9/11/2018
37.31%62.69%35.24%14.15%3.33%0.06%
Start of Calendar Year
1/02/2018
22.04%77.96%39.92%11.37%0.07%0.00%
Start of Water Year
10/02/2018
57.19%42.81%25.98%12.14%2.64%0.00%
One Year Ago
12/12/2017
20.09%79.91%28.35%11.92%0.95%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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