Latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map Basically Unchanged But NOAA Expects a Dry Spring For OklahomaThu, 04 Mar 2021 08:37:22 CST
Highlighting the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map is a large swath of heavy rain that started in northeast Texas and progressed northeast into the Mid-Atlantic this past week.
In this area, widespread reports of 200-400 percent of normal precipitation occurred.
Meanwhile, dry conditions dominated much of the West and especially the Southwest into the Plains.
Above normal temperatures were prevalent throughout much of the West and Midwest, especially in the upper Corn belt region where temperatures were 6-8 degrees above normal over northern Wisconsin and the Ohio River Valley.
In contrast, temperatures in western Texas and Oklahoma were below normal.
To view the U.S. Drought map, click here.
For Oklahoma, the drought map is mostly unchanged from a week ago with only a small pocket of extreme drought (D3) hanging on in Cimarron County in the Oklahoma Panhandle.
Statewide, the total area experiencing no dry or drought conditions decreased slightly to 69 percent this week.
To view the Oklahoma drought map, click here.
Looking ahead, above normal temperatures are expected.
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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