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Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions overall have continued to improve compared to the previous week. The DSCI (drought severity and coverage index) decreased from 78 to 70. A wet weather pattern persisted across most of the nation as the active Atlantic and Eastern North Pacific Hurricane Seasons continued. Hurricane Michael caused widespread, locally catastrophic damage to the Florida Panhandle while Hurricane Sergio triggered additional moderate to heavy rain across the lower Four Corners Region. Heavy rain was also observed from Texas northeastward into the middle Mississippi Valley.

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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.)

Texas saw widespread reductions of drought intensity and coverage after another round of moderate to heavy rainfall partly associated with remnants of Hurricane Sergio in the eastern Pacific. Much of central and eastern Texas was doused with 2 to 10 inches of rain, with amounts locally more than 12 inches from the Edwards Plateau to Lufkin.

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The heavy rainfall observed in Texas extended to southeastern Oklahoma as well and alleviated drought conditions in the area.

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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.)  

The recent rainfall improved the area previously under moderate drought conditions. Currently less than 7 percent of the state is under 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.)

Western Georgia experienced significant rainfall as a result of Hurricane Michael. Totals of 3 to 7 inches were common along and near the storm’s path from eastern Alabama into western Georgia and the southern Appalachians. In contrast, mostly dry weather prevailed across southern Georgia.

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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.)

Recent wet weather removed the lingering area of D0 in North Carolina. The state no longer has any area under 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.)

Mostly dry conditions are expected to prevail next week with the threat of additional heavy rain confined to Texas. Showers are expected to accompany a strong cold front over the eastern third of the nation Friday into Saturday, but amounts will be generally light. 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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