Latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map Shows a Mostly Quiet And Dry Period The Past WeekThu, 21 Jan 2021 15:02:00 CST
Contrasting significantly with the past several weeks, much of the nation experienced a relatively dry week according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map.
Almost the entire High Plains region, except for eastern North Dakota, had a quiet period.
The same story was repeated for the south, leading to further deterioration in drought conditions in southern and western Texas.
The Pacific Northwest region was about the only area receiving much precipitation the past 7 days.
Currently, more than one-third of the U.S. is drought-free.
To view the U.S. Drought map, click here.
For Oklahoma, extreme drought (D3) continues absent from Cimarron County in the northwest Oklahoma Panhandle. The D3 designation was removed from that area last week.
There is still a lingering patch of D3 hanging on in Hollis County in the southwest corner.
Statewide, approximately 67.61 percent of the state is drought free this week, about a one percent change from last week, which should be expected given the dry nature of the past few days.
Three months ago, the drought free coverage in Oklahoma was 36.91 percent.
To view the Oklahoma drought map, click here.
The latest seasonal drought outlook, January through April, calls for developing drought in south central Kansas and western Oklahoma.
To view the spring seasonal drought outlook map from the Climate Prediction Center, click here.
The outlook for next week calls for above average temperatures and precipitation for much of the state.
To view the 6-10-day temperature outlook, click here.
To view the 6-10-day precipitation outlook, click here.
The U.S. Drought Monitor Map is developed through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
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