Above Normal Temps With Some Drought Improvement Highlight Latest U.S. Drought Monitor UpdateThu, 17 Jun 2021 16:10:40 CDT
Temperatures above normal, way above normal for some areas, continued to hold this week for much of the country according to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor update.
Across the north, widespread degradation of drought conditions occurred in areas where rainfall was lacking.
Scattered storms over the last few weeks in the southern Great Plains and eastern New Mexico led to isolated improvements to drought conditions.
Moderate and severe drought conditions shifted northwest in western Oklahoma in response to changing conditions.
Several areas in southwest Texas saw improvements after rain from the last couple of weeks.
To view the U.S. Drought map, click here.
In Oklahoma, the map continues to look decent as 85.18 percent of the state is drought free. This compares to 51.95 percent three months ago and 48.82 percent one year 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, temperatures will stay above normal for the western half of the state and 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 concerning news in the latest seasonal drought outlook as NOAA expects drought likely to return and persist in a tiny sliver of southwest 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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