U.S. Drought Monitor Map Mostly Unchanged as Northern High Plains Experience WildfiresThu, 01 Apr 2021 16:11:00 CDT
Multiple low-pressure systems resulted in widespread precipitation from the Mississippi Valley to the East Coast during late March.
Additional improvements in drought conditions were noted from the previous two weeks across the Texas Panhandle while mostly dry weather saw drought expansion across parts of southeast Texas.
Meanwhile, another dry week along with strong winds resulted in a slight expansion of extreme drought (D3) across North Dakota and northern South Dakota. Consequently, this area has experienced an outbreak of wildfires in recent days.
Localized improvements were made to small areas of southern Colorado due to recent snow and rain events.
To view the U.S. Drought map, click here.
For Oklahoma, slight changes were made in the state’s drought map, going from 36.74 percent of drought coverage to 36.95 percent.
There is still that lingering sliver of D3 in northwest Cimarron County in the Oklahoma Panhandle that has persisted for months.
To view the Oklahoma drought map, click here.
Looking ahead, warm temperatures with below normal precipitation are expected.
To view the 6-10-day temperature outlook, click here.
To view the 6-10-day precipitation outlook, click here.
The 3-month temperature outlook map for April-June, shows above normal temperatures. To view this outlook map, click here.
A dry spring is forecast by NOAA in their 3-month (April-June) precipitation outlook. To view this outlook, click here.
There is some good news in the latest seasonal drought outlook for Oklahoma. To view the latest seasonal drought outlook map, click here.
However, the National Fire Weather Outlook, which is updated daily, shows a swath of Elevated and Critical fire danger extending north from the Oklahoma Panhandle to the Canadian border.
To view that report, 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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