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Current Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Drought conditions have continued to improve overall. The DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) decreased from 28 to 23. A historic, major winter storm impacted much of the country this past week. Up to a foot of snow fell across the Denver, Colorado area while up to two feet fell over southeastern Wyoming, western Nebraska, and into southwestern and central South Dakota. Thunderstorms rolled across Texas and parts of the lower Mississippi River Valley into the Tennessee and Ohio Valleys, including eastern Arkansas, southwestern Tennessee, and northwestern Mississippi. Heavy rainfall melted snow and led to flooding from Kansas, Nebraska, and South Dakota to the western Great Lakes. Much of the South, however, from southern Texas eastward, missed out on most of the precipitation and conditions continued to dry.

(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.)

Heavy precipitation fell over abnormally dry and drought areas in northern and central Texas where conditions widely improved. The precipitation, however, largely missed southern parts of the state. Due to this, dryness and drought expanded eastward in southern Texas, and three pockets of severe drought were introduced: two center on Zavala and Atascosa Counties and one area sits on the border of Jim Hogg and Starr Counties in the far south.

Oklahoma also received heavy precipitation from the same major storm system as Texas. Conditions in western Oklahoma were widely improved as a result. Drought conditions have almost been entirely alleviated within the state.

(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.)  

Lack of precipitation in Louisiana led to the development of a small area of abnormally dry conditions.

(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.)

Abnormally dry conditions expanded to both the south and west in Georgia due to continued dry conditions. Additionally, two areas of moderate drought developed encompassing parts of Jenkins, Emanuel, Candler, Bulloch, Burke and Screven counties.

(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.)

Drought conditions in North Carolina remain unchanged from the previous week, with abnormally dry (DO) conditions only persisting in Columbus and Brunswick County.

(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.)

Light rain is generally expected over much of the contiguous United States, with regional and localized amounts of around an inch or so anticipated across several states.  To check out the forecast near you, try the NOAA Quantitative Precipitation Forecast map.

 

The website links below include the current drought monitors and other current drought conditions information.

 

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Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

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Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Groundwater Levels in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

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