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Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions generally deteriorated in the southwestern portion of the country but improved elsewhere. Last week saw several extremes, with historic late-season snow observed in the northern states, dry and windy weather in the south, and heavy showers across portions of the southern and eastern states.  

(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.)

There continues to be a sharp contrast in Texas between areas with moderate drought to exceptional drought and areas with no drought conditions at all. Continued dry patterns led to a slight increase in area for all drought categories (with the exception of D0 which saw a minimal improvement).

In Oklahoma, exceptional drought conditions have continued to expand in the western portion of the state perfectly priming the area for wildfires. As of April 17th, the two largest wildfires in Oklahoma had charred more than 300,000 acres of grass and brush and destroyed more than 100 structures.

(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 in Louisiana improved and the state is almost completely drought free.

(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.)

Precipitation led to improvement for all levels of drought condition across Georgia.

(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 have continued to improve. A large portion of the state previously under abnormally dry conditions is now drought free.  

(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.)

Precipitation is expected to occur most significantly across the eastern portion of the country. Even the panhandle regions of Oklahoma and Texas are expected to receive up to 1.25 inches of rainfall. 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

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