Wednesday, April 3, 2013

High Plains and U.S. Drought Update April 1, 2013

Drought Update for the High Plains and the U.S.

Have the recent rainfalls and snowfalls ended the drought across our region?

No, there are still huge deficits that need to be covered.   

We are headed into what is normally the wettest time of the year for the Great Plains, so there is hope that these deficits might be erased.  Normally the three wettest months in Nebraska are May, June and July.

March 2013 Maps:
Much of the High Plains continued to have below normal precipitation during March 2013.  It was also drier than normal across almost all of the western 1/2 of the U.S. during March 2013.

April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013 Maps:
Going back for the lat 12 months, ALL of Nebraska and almost all of the High Plains has experienced a deficit of precipitation.  The deficit exceeds 12 inches in the center of Nebraska as well as in portions of Wyoming, Colorado and New Mexico. Looking at the U.S. maps, the greatest deficit is in a north-south zone stretching from Nebraska through Kansas, Oklahoma and into far southern Texas.

March 2013


 April 1, 2012 - March 31, 2013

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