Latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map Shows Growing Conceern For Winter Wheat CropFri, 27 Nov 2020 09:11:51 CST
Several Pacific weather systems moved across the U.S. this past week bringing rain and snow to parts of California, western Colorado and the northern Plains.
The latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows there are a number of indicators pointing to continued expanding drought across the southwest, central and southern High Plains.
Below normal streamflow measurements in California, across the southwest into Nevada, Colorado, Texas and southern and central Plains indicate some concerns.
The satellite-based vegetation health index shows stressed vegetation across California, the southwest and into the Plains.
Evapotranspiration for the past week has been especially high in the central and southern Plains.
A growing story to watch is the expansion of severe and extreme drought in Kansas and Nebraska.
With topsoil and subsoil moisture dropping rapidly, there are growing concerns about the condition of the nation's winter wheat crop.
To view the U.S. Drought map, click here.
Several percentage points were added to total drought coverage map for Oklahoma this week as severe and extreme drought expanded in southwest Oklahoma and the Oklahoma Panhandle, specifically Cimarron County, which has been a drought hotspot most of the year.
To view the Oklahoma drought map, click here.
NOAA forecast maps indicate cool, dry weather is headed our way following the Thanksgiving holiday period.
To view the 6-10-day temperature outlook, click here.
To view the 6-10-day precipitation outlook, click here.
Unfortunately, the seasonal map extending from now until February does not bode well for Oklahoma or much of the west and southwest as current drought conditions are expected to persist or worsen.
To view the U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook map, 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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