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Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of November 27 – December 3, 2019

The South saw a mixture of degradations and improvements.  Last week’s rainfall resulted in a general one-category improvement across central Texas, while the eastern part of the state continued to dry out with expansions to areas of abnormal dryness (D0) and moderate drought (D1).  An area of extreme drought (D3) was also introduced as precipitation deficits continue to build and impact rangeland.  Northwest Oklahoma also saw degradations with an expansion of D0 and D1 as continued dryness combined with last week’s high winds resulted in a wildfire outbreak.  Additionally, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that the dry weather has dried out topsoil and left winter wheat underdeveloped. 

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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
12/03/2019
50.88%49.12%27.38%7.41%0.71%0.00%
Last Week
11/26/2019
50.01%49.99%27.20%8.35%0.62%0.00%
Three Months Ago
9/03/2019
45.46%54.54%29.24%7.00%1.36%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/01/2019
88.83%11.17%3.49%1.12%0.01%0.00%
Start of Water Year
10/01/2019
44.36%55.64%31.01%13.62%3.81%0.00%
One Year Ago
12/04/2018
85.66%14.34%3.88%1.16%0.14%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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