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Drought Update For North Texas

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(credit: KTVT/KTXA) Larry Mowry
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New drought information came in today, and as expected the drought has worsened in our area.

Much of Dallas county has now slipped into the Extreme Drought category which is the second to worst classification of drought.  Tarrant County has been in and out of Extreme drought category since April.

Here’s a look at map.

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Here’s raw version of map.  Click on it to make it bigger.

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Statewide the northern part of the state is in the worst off.

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Raw version of the map.

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JANUARY 1 thru JUNE 19

At the start of the year, the state was in decent shape.  But with the dry Spring here in North Texas, much of the area has slipped back into drought.  Below is a look at the map at the beginning of the year to now.  And the next image is the numbers showing the % of the state in what type of drought.

Drought Comparison

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DFW RAINFALL DEFICIT

So far just this year, we are behind over 10″ just at DFW!

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And the lack of water this year, just adds to the five-year drought.  Here are rainfall deficits over the past 5 years.

Yearly Rainfall Departure

 

You have to go back to 2009 to find a year where we had more than average rainfall.  That was an El Nino year.  But even in 2009, the first 2/3rds of that year started out dry.  It wasn’t until September until heavy rains arrived.  As I’ve talked about over the past couple of months, we are entering an El Nino phase again for the first time since 2009.  S0 the hope is for some above average rainfall this fall into next winter.

~Larry Mowry