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U.S. Drought Map – September 17, 2013

Posted by feww on September 20, 2013

US Drought Conditions

About 64.09 percent of the land in the contiguous Unites States were covered by drought conditions D0 (Abnormally Dry) to D4 (Exceptional Drought) week ending September 17, 2013, up from 63.75 percent the previous week, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.

Drought conditions D1 – D4 improved marginally to 48.19 percent, down from 50.69 percent earlier.

us drought map 17sep13

Weather Summary [mirrored from U.S. Drought Monitor]:

The combination of ample Gulf and Pacific tropical moisture (in part from Tropical Storms Manuel (Pacific) and Ingrid (Gulf) which inundated Mexico), stalled frontal systems, and upsloping conditions produced widespread heavy to copious rainfall (widespread 2 to 6 inches, locally 12 to 18 inches especially near Boulder, CO) and severe flash flooding in parts of New Mexico and Colorado.

Moderate to heavy rains (1.5 to 4 inches) also drenched portions of Arizona, eastern Nevada, Utah, Wyoming, south-central Montana, western sections of Nebraska, Kansas, Oklahoma, and northern and southern Texas. September monsoonal rains have generated welcome relief from the drought in the Southwest, central Rockies, and High Plains, but unfortunately have been accompanied by flash flooding.

US Drought Disaster Areas

As of September 18, 2013, at least 1,345 counties and parishes, or 42.8% of all the U.S. counties and county equivalents, across 29 states have been designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought.

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US Drought Disaster Map. At least 1,345 counties and parishes, or 42.8% of all the U.S. counties and county equivalents, across 29 states have been designated as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought since January 1, 2013. Image source: USDA

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Drought Disaster Declared for 28 Additional Texas Counties

Posted by feww on May 17, 2013

40% of all U.S. counties and county-equivalents currently designated as drought disaster areas*

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 28 additional counties in Texas as agricultural disaster areas due to the ongoing drought.

  • The Primary Disaster Areas are Ector, Leon, Madison, Houston, Liberty and San Jacinto counties.
  • The Contiguous Disaster Areas are Anderson, Andrews, Angelina, Brazos, Chambers, Cherokee, Crane, Freestone, Grimes, Hardin, Harris, Jefferson, Limestone, Midland, Montgomery, Polk, Robertson, Trinity, Upton, Walker, Ward and Winkler counties.

[*  The designations include both Primary and contiguous disaster areas.  U.S. has a total of 3,143 counties and county-equivalents]

US Drought Map

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Drought Map for the Contiguous US.  Drought Conditions as of May 14, 2013, released by US Drought Monitor on May 16, 2013. Map shows fractional changes in the  drought conditions since last week.

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US Drought Expands, Exceptional Level Worsens

Posted by feww on May 9, 2013

Drought levels D0 – D4 spread to 62.42 percent of Contiguous U.S.

The West is worst affected section of the country,  with D0 – D4 drought levels covering 86.54 % of the region, up from 80.44% last week, while the Northeast experiences significant increase in D0 – D1 drought levels.

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US Drought Map as of May 7, 2013, released by US Drought Monitor on May 9, 2013.

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U.S. Regional Drought Comparison Map. Drought has spread and intensified in the West and Northeast U.S. since last week. Image source: U.S. Drought Monitor.

U.S. Northeast Drought

  • D1 drought level covered 9.81 percent of the region, up from 0.0% last week.
  • Areas covered by D0 – D1 drought levels increased to 54.33%, up from 31.06%.

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Disaster Declared for 119 Counties in 10 States

Posted by feww on May 9, 2013

Drought Disaster Declared for 103 Counties, Freeze and Frost for 16

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has declared agricultural disaster for 119 counties across 10 states.

  • 103 counties across 9 states have been designated as Drought Disaster areas, both primary and contiguous, due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought. Those states are Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Montana, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, Wyoming
  • 16 additional counties across two states have been declared disaster areas due to losses caused by frosts and freezes that occurred March 26-29, 2013. Those states are Florida and Georgia.

us drought disaster map - 8may2013
U.S. Drought Disaster Map as of May 8, 2013. A total of at least 1,231 counties across 28 states are currently designated as [primary or contiguous] drought disaster areas.

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U.S. Drought Update: ‘Exceptional Drought’ Expands

Posted by feww on May 3, 2013

‘Severe’ and ‘Exceptional Drought’ levels expand, little change in overall U.S. drought extent

US Drought Map 30apr2013
US Drought Map as of April 30, 2013, released by US Drought Monitor on May 2, 2013.

U.S. Precipitation Map –  Apr. 25, 2013 – May 1, 2013

us precipitation map week 25 apr

 

Percent of Normal Precipitation

us precipitation anomalies map week 25 apr

 

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Drought Disaster Spreads to Counties in 5 States

Posted by feww on May 2, 2013

40 additional counties across five states declared drought disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 40 additional counties across five states as primary or contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.

  • The disaster areas spread across Arizona (10 counties), Florida (15), Nevada (1), Texas (11) and Utah (3).

us drought disaster map -1may2013U.S. Drought Disaster Map as of May 1, 2013. A total of at least 1,183 counties across 27 states are currently designated as agricultural [primary or contiguous] disaster areas.

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Drought Disaster Declared for 37 Counties in 5 States

Posted by feww on April 25, 2013

USDA declares drought disaster for dozens of counties in Texas, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 37 counties in five states—Texas, California, Utah, Nevada and Arizona—as primary or contiguous agricultural disaster areas,  due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.

The latest declaration includes the following:

  • Texas: Atascosa, Bandera, Bexar, Coleman, Comal, Concho, Crane, Crockett, Ector, Glasscock, Guadalupe, Kendall, McCulloch, Medina, Menard, Midland, Reagan, Runnels, Schleicher, Tom Green, Upton and Wilson counties.
  • California: Fresno, Madera, Mariposa, Merced, Mono and Tuolumne counties.
  • Utah: Beaver, Iron, Millard and  Washington counties.
  • Nevada:  Clark, Lincoln, Nye and White Pine counties.
  • Arizona:  Mohave County.

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US Drought Map as of April 23, 2013, released by US Drought Monitor on April 25, 2013.

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Drought Disaster Declared for 22 Counties in 2 States

Posted by feww on April 18, 2013

Texas and Florida counties declared drought disaster areas

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 22 counties in Texas and Florida as primary or contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.

The designated drought disaster areas in Texas are

  • PDA: Calhoun and Jackson counties.
  • CDA: Aransas,Colorado, Lavaca, Matagorda, Refugio, Victoria and Wharton counties.

The designated drought disaster areas in Florida are

  • PDA: Alachua, Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties.
  • CDA: Bradford, Clay, Columbia, Duval, Gilchrist, Levy, Marion, Union and Volusia counties.

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US Drought Map as of April 16, 2013, released by US Drought Monitor on April 18, 2013.

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Drought Disaster Declared for 202 Counties in 13 States

Posted by feww on April 11, 2013

USDA designates 202 counties in 13 states as agricultural disaster areas due to drought

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 202 additional counties in 13 states as primary and contiguous disaster areas due to damages and losses caused by the recent drought.

Those states are California, Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, South Dakota, Texas, Utah, and Wyoming.

  • The worst hit state this week was Nebraska with 89 counties designated as primary disaster areas and 3 others as contiguous disaster areas.
  • Texas was second with 25 counties, followed by Wyoming where 23 counties were designated as drought disaster areas.

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US Drought Map as of April 9, 2013, released by US Drought Monitor on April 11, 2013.

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Drought Disaster Declared in 32 Additional Texas Counties

Posted by feww on April 4, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has designated 32 counties in Texas as drought disaster areas, due to damages and losses caused by the ongoing drought.

us drought disaster map 3apr2013
U.S. Drought Disaster Map. This USDA/FSA map shows 1,044 counties designated as drought disaster areas across 25 states, as of April 3, 2013.

The designation include both primary and contiguous disaster areas. The counties are:

  • (PDA) Brazos, Frio, Harris, Wharton, Colorado, Grimes and Montgomery.
  • (CDA) Atascosa, Dimmit, La Salle, Madison, Uvalde, Austin, Fayette, Lavaca, Matagorda, Walker, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Leon, Medina, Waller, Burleson, Galveston, Liberty, Robertson, Washington, Chambers, Jackson, McMullen, San Jacinto and Zavala.

As of April 2, 2013, more than 2/3 of Contiguous U.S. remained abnormally dry or worse.

us drought map - 2apr2013

  • About 52 percent of the contiguous U.S. was in moderate drought or worse, as of April 2, 2013.
  • The map shows 35.30 percent in severe drought or worse; 17.13 percent in extreme drought or worse; and 5.20 percent in exceptional drought, compared with 5.10 percent the preceding week.

Other Disaster Declarations

Florida. USDA has also designated 19 counties in Florida as agricultural disaster areas in three separate designations due to various disasters.

  • Designation #1 is for (PDA) Flagler, Putnam and St. Johns counties, and (CDA), Alachua, Clay, Duval, Marion and Volusia counties  due to freezes and frosts that occurred Feb. 17 – March 4, 2013.
  • Designation #2 is for (PDA) Holmes and Washington counties, and (CDA), Bay, Jackson and Walton counties due to frosts, excessive rain, flooding, flash flooding and high winds that occurred Feb. 4 – March 4, 2013.
  • Designation #3 is for (PDA) Palm Beach County, and (CDA), Broward, Glades, Hendry, Martin and Okeechobee counties due to freezes, frosts and high winds that occurred March 3-4, 2013.

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Drought Map for Contiguous U.S.

Posted by feww on March 29, 2013

About 2/3 of Contiguous U.S. remains abnormally dry or worse

us drought map - 26mar13

About 51.64 percent of the contiguous U.S. was in moderate drought or worse, as of March 26, 2013. The map showed 35.19 percent in severe drought or worse; 16.85 percent in extreme drought or worse; and 5.10 percent in exceptional drought, compared with 5.40 percent the preceding week.

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US Drought 2013: March 12 Drought Map

Posted by feww on March 16, 2013

About two-thirds of Contiguous United States remains ‘abnormally dry’ or  worse

As of March 12, 2013, about 63.67 percent of  Contiguous U.S. was ‘abnormally dry’ or  worse (D0 – D4 drought conditions on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale).

  • More than 95 percent of High Plains was ‘abnormally dry’ or  worse last week .
  • About 76 percent of the West, 64 percent of South, 51 percent of Midwest, and 45 percent of Southeast were also in D0 – D4 drought conditions last week.

us drought map - 12mar13
U.S. Drought Map for March 12, 2013; released by the U.S. Drought Monitor on March 14, 2013.

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US Drought Conditions

Posted by feww on March 8, 2013

US Drought 2013: No major change reported this week

As of March 5, 2013, about 65.67 percent of  Contiguous U.S. was “abnormally dry” or  worse, D0 – D4 drought conditions on the U.S. Drought Monitor scale.

US Drought Map 05Mar13
U.S. Drought Map for March 5, 2013; released by the U.S. Drought Monitor on March 7, 2013.

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