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Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions have improved in the eastern, southeastern and south-central portions of the country because of heavy rainfall. Conversely, drought conditions continue to persist elsewhere. New areas of extreme drought have developed in New Mexico and Missouri, and extreme drought persists where it was present the previous week.  

(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.)

Rainfall of 2 to 6 inches fell from eastern Texas into Tennessee, alleviating some of the drought conditions in the area. In the west, however, extreme drought conditions have expanded further. Approximately 13 percent of the state is now classified as being in extreme conditions. Impacts are expected to rapidly escalate in the area if no rain materializes soon. There were also notable increases in moderate and severe drought conditions throughout the state.

The drought situation remains unchanged in Oklahoma. Like Texas, if rain does not materialize soon, conditions are expected to escalate. Woodward and Laverne have not had any measurable precipitation in 127 days as of Feb. 14.

(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.)  

As a result of the recent rain in the area, drought conditions have greatly improved in Louisiana. There are no longer any areas under severe drought conditions. D0 and D1 conditions have also shown notable improvements.

(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 have also improved in Georgia. A third week of plentiful precipitation led to continued improvements across the state. Severe drought conditions have been removed completely and both abnormally dry and moderate dry conditions have also improved.

(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 have been improvements to both D0 and D1 drought conditions in North Carolina. Moderate drought conditions have almost been entirely alleviated, and only 37 percent of the state is classified as abnormally 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.)

Widespread precipitation is expected to occur across the country, with the heaviest rainfall predicted to occur in the northwest and eastern portions. Minimal (~0.01 inches) precipitation is expected to occur in the Texas and Oklahoma panhandle regions where extreme drought conditions are prevalent. 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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Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

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