Latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map Show Iprovements Everywhere Except Western And Southwestern U.S.Thu, 10 Jun 2021 08:57:09 CDT
Significant rainfall amounts in the southern Plains and South improved the drought picture in those areas while warm and dry conditions dominated the West according to the latest update from the U.S Drought Monitor.
With an active weather pattern continuing this past week over the southern Plains, conditions have flipped over the last several weeks from one of drought to ample precipitation.
Some areas of Colorado had above-normal precipitation and storms brought much needed relief to portions of North Dakota.
Meanwhile, a very dry period was experienced in the southwest and west. Only areas of New Mexico, northeast Arizona, western Colorado and northwest Washington had above-normal precipitation.
To view the U.S. Drought map, click here.
In Oklahoma, we continue to see reductions in drought coverage this week, as 84.66 percent of the state is drought free. This compares to 47.66 percent three months ago.
There are no shades of red (D3 extreme drought) on the Oklahoma map this week.
To view the Oklahoma drought map, click here.
Looking ahead to next week, things will be warming up and drying out as above-normal temperatures with below-normal precipitation is expected for Oklahoma.
To view the 6-10-day temperature outlook, click here.
To view the 6-10-day precipitation outlook, click here.
A normal summer, precipitation-wise, is now forecast by NOAA for much of the Oklahoma. To view this outlook, click here.
There is some good news in the latest seasonal drought outlook as NOAA expects drought removal likely in southwest and southern Oklahoma.
Unfortunately, the drought will persist and intensify for much of the western and southwestern U.S.
To view the new 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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