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Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions still cover less than half of the United States with many states remaining completely drought free. The most severe drought conditions are located in Texas, Oklahoma, New Mexico, Arizona, Utah, and Colorado. Remnants of tropical storms brought some needed rain to the Southwest. Heavy rain also occurred from Montana to Wisconsin. Temperatures were at or ​above average for most of the country, with some areas of the Plains in the triple-digits.

(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 improvements to drought conditions were made across Texas. Several areas of Texas received a full category improvement. Some areas of south Texas received 5-7 inches above normal precipitation levels for the week due to coastal rains.

Extreme drought was the only category to see improvement in Oklahoma. All other categories expanded. The short-term dryness combined with the recent heat has allowed for drought conditions to continue to develop quite rapidly. Additionally, an area of severe drought was introduced over southeast Oklahoma.

(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.)  

The recent rains provided up to a full category improvement in areas of Louisiana.

(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.)

Georgia remains free of any drought 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.)

North Carolina remains free of any drought 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.)

Precipitation is expected to occur in the northern and eastern portions of the United States. Precipitation is expected to occur most significantly in Oklahoma, Arkansas, Kansas, Nebraska, Iowa and Missouri. 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.

RECOMMENDED LINKS

Drought Conditions in Texas and the United States

Reservoir Levels in Texas

Streamflow Conditions in Texas

Drought Restrictions in Texas

ADDITIONAL INFORMATION AND DATA

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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