Latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map Shows Intensified Drought Out West, Little Change For OklahomaThu, 10 Dec 2020 15:53:47 CST
Intensified drought conditions took over the headlines for the west again as the central and southern Plains experienced a calm, dry week according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map.
Statewide snow water content readings in California currently sit at 36 percent of the historical average for this time of year.
Some areas of the Mojave Desert experiencing the driest period on record. Pretty hard to get much drier than the Mojave Desert!
According NOAA's National Centers for Environmental Information, the 6-month period from June to November 2020 was the hottest and driest on record for both Arizona and California.
Elsewhere in the country on this week's map, areas of drought intensified and expanded in central Texas and the Panhandle.
These areas have experienced 6-month precipitation deficits of 6 to more than 8 inches.
In the eastern plains of Colorado, areas of extreme drought (D3) and exceptional drought (D4) expanded.
To view the U.S. Drought map, click here.
For Oklahoma, there is not much change in this week's drought map, showing only a slight improvement from 57.15 percent of the state experiencing drought conditions to 56.95 percent this week.
Two areas of concern continue to color the map: Cimarron County in the Panhandle and Harmon County in the southwest corner of the state which both show shades of red for extreme drought (D3).
To view the Oklahoma drought map, click here.
To view the monthly drought outlook map for December from the Climate Prediction Center, click here.
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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