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Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System

Conditions for the week of July 19 – 25

A few areas of above-normal precipitation reduced D0 (abnormally dry) in parts of Texas, but most areas in the South had less than half an inch of rain, with many locations reporting no rainfall.  D0-D2 (abnormally dry-severe drought) expanded in parts of Texas and Oklahoma, reflecting dryness and heat of the last 2 months.  July 23rd USDA reports indicated more than half of the topsoil/subsoil moisture short or very short in Oklahoma (61%/67%) and Texas (55%/52%).

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U.S. Drought Monitor - Southern Plains DEWS

As of July 25, 2017

Author: Richard Heim,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
7/25/2017
66.61%33.39%7.98%1.40%0.00%0.00%
Last Week
7/18/2017
71.69%28.31%6.74%0.47%0.00%0.00%
Three Months Ago
4/25/2017
82.01%17.99%3.48%0.00%0.00%0.00%
Start of Calendar Year
1/03/2017
65.81%34.19%17.53%9.68%0.87%0.00%
One Year Ago
7/26/2016
47.04%52.96%10.67%0.19%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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