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About the Southern Plains DEWS

map shows Texas, Oklahoma, eastern New Mexico and Southern KansasThe development of the Southern Plains Drought Early Warning System was initiated in 2011 when a drought of strong intensity and vast geographical extent unfolded in the southern tier of the U.S. As the drought intensified, it became apparent that there was a need to improve the communication of drought information to decision makers to help them anticipate and manage the impacts of drought. While the recent drought has abated in the majority of the Southern Plains region, there are areas that are still significantly impacted by drought. 

The Southern Plains DEWS is a collaborative federal, state, and local interagency effort to improve early warning capacity and resilience to drought in Texas, Oklahoma and New Mexico.