U.S. Drought Monitor

6:41 am
Thu July 10, 2014

Farmers hoping for more rain

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More rain could turn things around for farmers, but if the weather turns hot and dry, it could be a repeat of last year.
Some Oklahoma farmers say there's "cautious optimism" that patchy rains this summer will make a dent in the drought afflicting much of the state and help
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Weather
8:00 pm
Sun June 1, 2014

Rains improved drought conditions only in SW Oklahoma

The May 27th update of the U.S. Drought Monitor showing some improvement in southwest Oklahoma.
Credit U.S. DROUGHT MONITOR

Oklahoma experienced very wet weather recently.  That seems to have improved drought conditions, but only in the southwest according to the latest updates from The U.S. Drought Monitor noted a recent article by StateImpact Oklahoma

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Drought
8:00 pm
Sun April 27, 2014

Drought area expands across the high plains

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Drought conditions expanded in the central and southern Plains where winter wheat is struggling to grow according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report released this week.

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drought
8:00 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Western Kansas drought scars run deep

On normal years, thousands of acres of crops receive supplemental irrigation water from the Amazon Ditch. But Ditch Superintendent Dan Maxfield hasn't made a call for water from John Martin Reservoir in Colorado. There's none to be had.
Amy Bickel kansasagland.com

Even if you had no idea western Kansas was in the midst of a long-term drought, the scars are hard to miss.  Corrals and roads are drifted with tumbleweeds.  Irrigation ditches are bone dry.  Fence rows are filled with drifted sand, and grass in the pastures has disappeared according to a recent article from Kansas Agland.  

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Climate
8:00 pm
Mon January 6, 2014

Good News on the Colorado Drought Front

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Drought conditions have been downgraded for portions of eastern Colorado.  

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Climate
8:00 pm
Mon November 4, 2013

High Plains Drought Update: Late October Rains Helped Oklahoma Panhandle

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Dry conditions continue across the High Plains listening region.  Rain in southern Kansas slightly improved the abnormally dry conditions.  Heavy rains on October 26 improved conditions in the Oklahoma panhandle according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.  

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7:36 am
Thu June 20, 2013

Rain is a Mixed Blessing in the Texas Panhandle

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Recent rains have caused flash floods, washed out farming terraces, and helped dryland crops, but the U.S. Drought Monitor says it won't change the summer outlook.
The sometimes torrential rain in the central and southeastern Texas Panhandle should have many farmers and ranchers in those areas smiling, at least for a while.A National Weather Service cooperative observer reported 2.5 inches of rain had fallen in Clarendon by 10 a.m.