Drought Monitor Report Shows Drought Conditions Hold Steady


Oklahoma Farm Report 

13 Jan 2022


According to the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report, heavy precipitation pelted the northern half of the West Coast again this week. The largest amounts were reported in western Washington and Oregon, where 6 to 10 inches of precipitation fell. Amounts decreased moving southward, with coastal areas and higher elevations from central Oregon to northwestern California receiving 2 to 6 inches of precipitation. Farther east, 2 to 3 inches of precipitation were common across the Idaho Panhandle and the higher elevations farther south and east, including western Wyoming and north-central Colorado. Moderate precipitation - less than an inch - fell on parts of the Pacific Northwest, the northern Intermountain West, and the central and northern Rockies adjacent to areas with higher amounts. Light to locally moderate precipitation dampened portions of the central and northern Great Plains. Elsewhere, little if any precipitation fell, including an area from Oklahoma and Texas westward across much of Nevada and southern California.


In the southern Plains, little or no precipitation fell across Oklahoma, western Arkansas and all but easternmost Texas. Heavy precipitation near the southern reaches of the Louisiana/Texas border also prompted some improvement in extreme eastern Texas. Elsewhere, dryness and drought persisted or deteriorated; this region was the only one to experience considerably more deterioration than improvement. Many drought areas increased in coverage across Texas, thus deterioration covered a large proportion of the state.


In the High Plains, Substantial precipitation (over 0.5 inches) was generally restricted to higher-elevation areas in Wyoming and Colorado. Farther east in the Plains States, only the northern and southern portions of the region recorded more than 0.2 inches. Some deterioration was introduced in southern Kansas where temperatures were the highest, but other areas from the Dakotas southward remained unchanged. Heavy precipitation has been common across the higher elevations of central and northern Colorado in the past couple of months. Some of these mountains received several inches more than normal precipitation in the last 90 days, resulting in the abundant snowpack that prompted drought improvement through this region. Other areas were unchanged.


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