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Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of September 12-18

An area of low pressure over the western Gulf of Mexico brought some heavy rainfall and drought relief across portions of Texas and Louisiana. In Texas, widespread 1-category improvements were made across the south and east. The rain did not reach the western and northern part of the state, however, where abnormal dryness (D0) and moderate drought (D1) expanded slightly. Dryness was seen in eastern Oklahoma as well, where a large area of abnormally dry conditions expanded in eastern Oklahoma, stretching northward to nearly connect to the dry region in northern Adair County, which was also extended slightly southward.

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U.S. Drought Monitor - Southern Plains DEWS

As of September 18, 2018

Author: Jessica Blunden, NCEI/NOAA

U.S. Drought Monitor - Southern Plains DEWS
U.S. Drought Monitor - Southern Plains DEWS
Drought Conditions (Percent Area)
WeekNoneD0-D4D1-D4D2-D4D3-D4D4
Current
9/18/2018
40.45%59.55%33.99%14.01%3.47%0.06%
Last Week
9/11/2018
37.31%62.69%35.24%14.15%3.33%0.06%
Three Months Ago
6/19/2018
19.00%81.00%59.54%35.02%12.18%1.46%
Start of Calendar Year
1/02/2018
22.04%77.96%39.92%11.37%0.07%0.00%
One Year Ago
9/19/2017
77.49%22.51%4.12%0.39%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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