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CURRENT DROUGHT CONDITIONS in Texas and the United States

Drought conditions were a mixed bag of deterioration and improvement last week.

Current U.S. Drought Monitor

(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

In Texas, dryness expanded and now impacts around 34 percent of the state. A small area (around 1 percent) is now considered Severe.

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Drought conditions in Oklahoma were largely stable over the past week with only a one or so percent increase in Abnormally Dry conditions.  

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(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)  

Overall drought conditions in Georgia, saw little change last week. Nearly 90 percent of the state is still suffering. Southern Georgia did, however, see a slight uptick in Extreme Drought conditions.

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(The U.S. Drought Monitor is jointly produced by the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Map courtesy of NDMC-UNL.)

Next week, heavy rain is expected in the Country’s mid-section. Over 4 inches is expected near Kansas City. Some of this rain may also help to alleviate dryness in Texas. To see where precipitation is predicted near you, check out the NOAA Quantitative Precipitation Forecast map.