Latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map Continues to Show Drought Conditions in the West, Southwest and Southern High PlainsThu, 12 Nov 2020 15:15:52 CST
Moderate to heavy precipitation fell across the northwest and southeastern parts of the U.S. this past week but little to no precipitation occurred in the areas that need it the most.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows 64 percent of the country, mostly in the west and southern High Plains, experiencing some degree of drought. This is a two-point increase from last week and almost 12 points worse than three months ago.
As a result, dryness expanded in parts of Oklahoma and a few patches of abnormally dry (D0) began to dot the lower Mississippi Valley region.
More significantly, drought increased drought increased across Texas south of the Panhandle.
Areas of moderate (D1) and severe (D2) drought entered parts of central and eastern Texas while severe to exceptional (D3) drought is common in the western tier of the state.
Broad patches of exceptional drought (D4) now cover much of the Big Bend area along the New Mexico border.
Nationally, more than 70 million people are impacted now by some degree of drought.
To view the U.S. Drought map, click here.
For Oklahoma, approximately 37 percent of the state is covered in some shade of dry or drought conditions, which is a 10 percent increase from last week.
On the positive side that means more than half state is in good shape, moisture wise.
Two significant areas of extreme drought (D4) persist in Cimarron County (Panhandle) and Harmon County (southwest). We just can't seem to keep these dark shades of red off the map.
Concerns continue to mount for the winter wheat pasture prospects.
To view the Oklahoma drought map, click here.
Looking ahead at the NOAA forecast maps, warm, dry conditions are expected to persist across much of Oklahoma.
To view the 6-10-day temperature outlook, click here.
To view the 6-10-day precipitation outlook, click here.
The U.S. Drought Monitor Map is developed through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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