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Drought Information for West Texas

(Click here for the latest Drought Statement)

Latest Drought Monitor for Texas
Click on the above image to go to the Drought Monitor webpage.

Recent Precipitation for Lubbock's County Warning Area
7-day Precipitation 7-day Percent of Normal 7-day Departure from Normal
14-day Precipitation 14-day Percent of Normal 14-day_Departure from Normal
30-day Precipitation 30-day Percent of Normal 30-day_Departure from Normal
60-day Precipitation 60-day Percent of Normal 60-day_Departure from Normal
90-day Precipitation 90-day Percent of Normal 90-day_Departure from Normal
180-day Precipitation 180-day Percent of Normal 180-day_Departure from Normal
365-day Precipitation 365-day Percent of Normal 365-day_Departure from Normal
1 Month Standardized Precipitation Index, calculated by Climate Division.

1 Month Standardized Precipitation Index, calculated by Climate Division. Similar calculations for longer periods of time can be found at: 2 Months; 3 Months; 6 Months; 1 Year; 2 Years; and 3 Years. Additional data can be obtained at:

Another great precipitation and temperature plotting resource is:


Hydrologic Conditions
Keetch-Bryam Drought Index (KBDI)
Keetch-Bryam Drought Index (KBDI)
The KBDI is based on precipitation and soil moisture (measures moisture depletion from 0 [no moisture depletion] to 800 [absolutely dry]). Values of 600 to 800 are often associated with severe drought and increased wildfire potential.
Palmer Drought Severity Index
Palmer Drought Severity Index (PDSI)
The PDSI uses temperature and rainfall information in a formula to determine dryness. The Palmer Index is most effective in determining long term drought, a matter of several month, and is not as good with short-term forecasts (a matter of weeks). It uses a 0 as normal, and drought is shown in terms of minus numbers; for example, minus 2 is moderate drought, minus 3 is severe drought, and minus 4 is extreme drought. The Palmer Index can also reflect excess rain using a corresponding level reflected by plus figures; i.e., 0 is normal, plus 2 is moderate rainfall, etc. The advantage of the Palmer Index is that it is standardized to local climate, so it can be applied to any part of the country to demonstrate relative drought or rainfall conditions. The negative is that it is not as good for short term forecasts, and is not particularly useful in calculating supplies of water locked up in snow, so it works best east of the Continental Divide.
Additional soil moisture information can be found at the Climate Prediction Center.

Reservoir Levels (Water for Texas)
Lake Alan Henry
White River Lake
Mackenzie Lake
Lake Meredith

Agricultural Impacts from Drought
Texas A&M Texas Crop and Weather Report (search for the latest "Crop and Weather Report" on the page, which is usually found under the main headline of the article)
Texas and Southwest Cattle Raisers Association (may carry Texas A&M crop report, etc.)
USDA Weekly Weather and Crop Report (national summary)
Plains Cotton Cooperative Association Cotton Market Weekly
NASS Crop Progress Reports
U.S. Agriculture Commodities in Drought (maps, tables and time series)

Drought Mitigation Actions
Texas Burn Ban Map
Texas Burn Ban Map
Water Restrictions in place?  Must search local municipalities (Lubbock, Plainview, etc.).

National Drought Outlook
U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook
U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook
U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook
U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook

Extended Temperature & Precipitation Outlook
6-10 day temperature outlook6-10 day precipitation outlook
6-10 day temperature (left) and precipitation (right) outlook
8-14 day temperature outlook8-14 day precipitation outlook
8-14 day temperature (left) and precipitation (right) outlook
Monthly and seasonal temperature and precipitation outlooks can be VIEWED HERE.

Fire Danger Hazard
Energy Release Component (ERC) trend for the High Plains.Energy Release Component (ERC) trend for the Rolling Plains.
Energy Release Component (ERC) trend for the High Plains (left) and Rolling Plains (right).
Also, refer to the KBDI displayed in Hydrologic Conditions section.