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Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of May 9-15

Spotty heavy downpours brought localized drought relief to portions of Oklahoma and Texas, while dry, warmer-than-normal weather prevailed across the rest of the region.  Locally heavy showers dotted drought areas from central Texas northward into western Oklahoma.  Where rain was heaviest, reductions in drought intensity and coverage were made; however, considerable longer-term deficits remained. Along the Gulf Coast, Abnormal Dryness (D0) was expanded eastward, while areas of D1 and D2 were added in coastal locales.  Farther inland, Moderate to Severe Drought (D1 and D2) were expanded in western Texas.. 


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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
5/15/2018
29.09%70.91%56.84%42.53%25.36%6.85%
Last Week
5/08/2018
31.36%68.64%53.94%39.57%24.72%8.61%
Three Months Ago
2/13/2018
6.18%93.82%82.25%54.06%15.66%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/02/2018
22.04%77.96%39.92%11.37%0.07%0.00%
One Year Ago
5/16/2017
74.89%25.11%4.84%0.72%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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