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Current Drought Conditions in the United States

Drought conditions have continued to intensify. D1 through D3 have all increased in percent area compared to the previous week, while the same percent area of D4 persists. The only improvement observed was in the D0 category.

(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.)

Large portions of interior Texas received little or no rainfall, exacerbating conditions in the area. Contrarily, some moderate rainfall was restricted to southeastern Texas and the Panhandle. This led to improvement in drought conditions in the northern Texas Panhandle, but persisting or intensifying conditions farther south and east. Small areas of D4 were introduced in central and southwestern Texas and D3 expanded to cover a large area from southeastern to northeastern Texas. According to the Texas Drought Preparedness Council, mandatory water use restrictions have been imposed by 665 public water supply authorities across the state. Voluntary cutbacks have been requested by another 400 authorities.

Moderate precipitation led to improvement in drought conditions in the western Oklahoma Panhandle. However, much of the rest of the state received little or no rainfall. A small area of D4 was introduced in southwestern 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.)  

While drought conditions in southeastern Louisiana improved, drought conditions worsened in northwestern Louisiana. Overall, D1 and D2 expanded while D0 and D3 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.)

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.)

Abnormally dry conditions in North Carolina have continued to improve and the state is almost entirely 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 most significantly in the southeastern portion of the United States. Heavy amounts (three to five inches) are forecast in western Texas in a region bounded by the Pecos, San Angelo, Wichita Falls and Lubbock areas. 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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