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Texas and Oklahoma Panhandle Drought Center


Summary:

The U.S. Drought Monitor depicts slight improvement in drought conditions across the Texas and Oklahoma Panhandles, mainly across the eastern Panhandles and Southwest Texas Panhandle.  Exceptional (D4) drought conditions continue along a line from near Borger, TX northwestward toward Kenton,OK with mostly extreme (D3) drought conditions depicted across the rest of the Panhandles.  Conditions have improved to severe (D2) drought in the Southwest Texas Panhandle and in central and eastern portions of the Oklahoma Panhandle.  The latest drought monitor depicts improvement of conditions in southern Deaf Smith County to moderate (D1) drought.  Alhough there have been dry spells this summer, periodic heavy rain events and increased humidity have kept the extremely hot and dry weather from setting in like the past few summers.  This short-term relief to the drought has benefited farming and ranching operations across the Panhandles.  Long-term drought impacts remain across the area, including low reservoir levels, drier than normal deep soil zones, and thinned grass stands on rangeland.

 

 

Drought Monitor Weekly Drought Monitor Change
 Current Drought Conditions  2-Month Drought Change

 

 
Monthly Drought Outlook Seasonal Drought Outlook
Monthly Drought Outlook Seasonal Drought Outlook

 

 
Parlmer Drought Severity Index Precipitation needed to end current drought
Palmer Drought Severity Index Precipitation needed in 6 months to end current drought

 

Precipitation

30-day Precipitation

30-day Precipitation Departure from Normal

30-day Precipitation Percent of Normal

Precipitation Past 30 Days 30-Day Departure From Normal  30-Day % of Normal

 

 

60-day Precipitation
 

60-day Precipitation Departure from Normal

60-day Precipitation Percent of Normal
 

Precipitation Past 60 Days 60-Day Departure From Normal 60-Day % of Normal

 

 

90-day Precipitation
 

90-day Precipitation Departure from Normal

90-day Precipitation Percent of Normal

Precipitation Past 90 Days 90-Day Departure From Normal 90-Day % of Normal

 

 
6-month Precipitation
6-month Precipitation Departure from Normal 6-month Precipitation Percent of Normal
 
Precipitation Past 6 Months 6-Month Departure From Normal 6-Month % of Normal

 

 

1-year Precipitation
 

1-year Precipitation Departure from Normal

1-year Precipitation Percent of Normal
 

Precipitation Past 1 Year 1-Year Departure From Normal 1-Year % of Normal

 

 
3-year Precipitation 3-year Precipitation Departure from Normal 3-year Precipitation Percent of Normal
Precipitation Past 3 Years 3-Year Departure From Normal 3-Year % of Normal

 


Agricultural Impacts

Reports/bulletins issued by the US Department of Agriculture:

 

Current Crop Moisture Index Current Soil Moisture Current Soil Moisture Anomalies

 

 
Texas Visual Greeness Texas Greeness Departure from Average
Visual Greeness Greeness Departure from Average

 


Hydrological Impacts

Texas Streamflow Compared to Normal Oklahoma Streamflow Compared to Normal
Texas Streamflow Oklahoma Streamflow
Texas real-time streamflow compared to normal. Green is near normal, blue above normal, and orange/red are below normal. Oklahoma real-time streamflow compared to normal. Green is near normal, blue above normal, and orange/red are below normal.

 

 
Texas Reservoir Levels Oklahoma Reservoir Levels
Texas Reservoirs Oklahoma Reservoirs

 

 


 

Long-Range Outlooks

The below long-range outlook images are courtesy of the Climate Prediction Center (CPC)

 

  Temperature Precipitation
6-10 Day Outlook
8-14 Day Outlook  
1-Month Outlook    
3-Month Outlook    

 


Useful Resources

 

  • To report effects of the drought in your area, please go to the Drought Impact Reporter HERE.
  • National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration's (NOAA) official drought page can be found HERE.
  • United State Department of Agriculture (USDA) Drought Page, including drought/disaster assistance can be found HERE.
  • National Climatic Data Center's (NCDC) drought page can be found HERE.