Latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map Shows Little Change But The Outlook is For a Dry, Warm SpringThu, 25 Feb 2021 13:52:31 CST
Temperature anomalies of 30 and 40 degrees below zero were common on the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map and the accompanying snow amounts were not enough to move the drought much for those who needed it the most.
After several weeks of light to moderate snow events in the Central Plains, drier weather has returned to the region in the past several days.
There is growing concern over extremely dry conditions in the northern Plains extending from eastern Montana through western North Dakota and north central South Dakota.
In contrast, additional snow amounts in Colorado and Wyoming boosted mountain snow water equivalent levels.
Little to no precipitation fell on the Southern Plains except across south-central Texas, improving drought conditions for that area.
Very little precipitation was also noted in south and northeast Texas into southeastern Oklahoma, expanding drought severity in those areas.
To view the U.S. Drought map, click here.
For Oklahoma, the drought map is slightly changed from a week ago with only a small pocket of extreme drought (D3) hanging on in Harmon County in southwest Oklahoma.
Statewide, the total area experiencing no dry or drought conditions decreased slightly to 69.33 percent this week. That number was 72.70 percent last week.
To view the Oklahoma drought map, click here.
Looking ahead, below normal temperatures are expected to start off March. Will March come in like a lamb, and go out like a lion?
To view the 6-10-day temperature outlook, click here.
To view the 6-10-day precipitation outlook, click here.
The 3-month temperature outlook map for March-April-May, shows above normal temperatures. To view this outlook map, click here.
A dry spring is forecast by NOAA in their 3-month precipitation outlook. To view this outlook, click here.
To view the latest seasonal drought outlook map, 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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