The Latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map Shows Drought Worsening in Northwestern OklahomaThu, 26 Aug 2021 15:12:42 CDT
Parts of the Midwest, High Plains and West received rainfall this week, which led to improvement in drought conditions in some areas. The areas across the central United States that missed out on heavier rains this week saw drought conditions worsen.
In the West, heavy rains and cooler temperatures kept drought conditions in parts of Arizona, Idaho, Montana and Utah from worsening. According to the report, conditions may continue to improve in some locations after this week’s rainfall, though it is currently unknown how beneficial this week's rains were in locations that were quite dry previously.
Across the Great Plains, temperatures were higher than normal. Rain fell over wide areas of Nebraska, South Dakota, North Dakota, Wyoming, and western Colorado, leading to some improvements in drought conditions.
To view the U.S. Drought map, click here.
Temperatures are expected to be higher than normal across most of the U.S., with the highest temperature differences in Colorado, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri and Nebraska. In Washington and parts of Idaho, Montana and Oregon, temperatures are expected to be lower than normal for this time of year.
To view the 6-to-10-day temperature outlook, click here.
Throughout the next 6 - 10 days, precipitation is expected to be lower than normal for most of Kansas and Oklahoma and west Texas. From Nebraska north, precipitation levels are expected to be slightly higher.
To view the 6-to-10-day precipitation outlook, click here.
Through the end of the month, drought conditions are expected to persist in the West, although conditions may improve in Arizona and New Mexico. Nebraska is expected to develop drought conditions even though precipitation expectations are higher than normal for this time of year there.
To view the Monthly U.S. Drought Outlook map, click here.
According to the report, heavy rains fell this week across parts of central and northeast Texas and southeast Oklahoma. The small area of short-term moderate drought along the Oklahoma-Texas border received enough rainfall that drought conditions resolved.
On the other hand, northwest Oklahoma was left drier this week. Northwestern counties that were experiencing abnormally dry conditions are now dealing with moderate drought conditions. Currently, no areas of the state are experiencing conditions any worse than moderate drought conditions.
All of Woods county is experiencing moderate drought conditions, while Alfalfa, Grant, Harper, Major and Woodward counties all saw existing moderate drought conditions expand.
Conditions in Beaver, Cimarron, Kay, Noble, Osage, Pawnee, and Texas counties remain the same.
To view the Oklahoma drought map, click here.
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