Drought Information Statement
Issued by NWS Amarillo, TX

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Drought Information Statement
National Weather Service Amarillo TX
842 PM CDT Fri Jul 27 2018

...Improvements are being seen in drought conditions. However D3
(Extreme Drought) conditions still exist in a couple of areas...


Synopsis...

The latest U.S. Drought Monitor (USDM) updated and released on July
26, 2018 has the Oklahoma Panhandle and the northern Texas Panhandle
anywhere from Moderate Drought (D1) to None, with the exception of
far western Cimarron County in Oklahoma. South central Texas
Panhandle is still seeing Extreme Drought (D3) for a large portion,
however split down the middle with Severe Drought(D2) near Amarillo.

The National Weather Service (NWS) in Amarillo covers
23 counties which includes all of the Oklahoma Panhandle and all of
the Texas Panhandle.

There are 5 levels of intensity with regards to the USDM and those
levels are as follows:

D0 - Abnormally Dry
D1 - Moderate Drought
D2 - Severe Drought
D3 - Extreme Drought
D4 - Exceptional Drought

The USDM releases a weekly product each Thursday morning and is
produced through a partnership between the National Drought
Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska, the U.S. Department
of Agriculture (USDA), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric
Administration (NOAA). The USDM is based on measurements of
climatic, hydrologic, and soil conditions as well as reported
impacts and observations.

The local Drought Information Statement is issued by the NWS office
in Amarillo when needed to supplement the national USDM product.
Local statements are generally generated monthly but can be issued
bi-monthly during times when the USDM indicates severe drought
conditions or as local conditions warrant.


Summary of Impacts...

State and Local Actions:
No known state or local actions are currently in place at this time.

Agricultural Impacts:

Not much has been said about crops and livestock for the Panhandle.
Besides losing some winter wheat some areas may be bouncing back but
Farmers and Ranchers overall are still facing challenges.

Fire Impacts:

Lightning started fires have decreased however there still are
isolated cases. Dry fuels still exist amongst the green up. With
some green up, fires that do start are usually contained or put out
quickly.

Counties still in a burn ban.
In Texas: Dallam, Hartley, Oldham, Sherman, Potter, Randall, Carson,
Armstrong, Donley, Lipscomb, and Hemphill.
In Oklahoma: None

Note that the fire danger conditions can change quickly from day to
day as 20 foot winds and minimum afternoon relative humidities vary.
The Texas A&M Forest Service advises to watch out for key weather
thresholds of 20 foot winds above 15 to 25 mph and relative
humidities below 15 to 25 percent. When these thresholds are
exceeded, expect the fire danger conditions to increase to elevated
and critical.


Climate Summary...

All three official climate sites still remain in a deficit for rain
fall this year. The month of July has not been as good to us
compared to June. All three sites are at least 1-2 inches below
normal for the month of July as of the 27th. We did see the hottest
5 day max temperature averages ever on record. This was July 18-22
with temperatures well into the triple digits for all five days, or
at least four in Dalhart`s case, and no rain during these days.

Precipitation/Temperature Outlook...

Climate Prediction Center (CPC) has the area in equal chances of
precipitation being, above, below, or at normal averages for the
month of August. The climate outlook for temperatures is still
trending on the high side, with average max temperatures being above
normal for the month of August. Please note that these are long
term outlooks and can change by the week.

Hydrologic Summary and Outlook...

Stream flows are near normal.

Next Issuance Date...

The drought information statement may be updated on August 30th,
2018, or sooner if significant changes in drought conditions occur.


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RELATED WEB SITES...
Additional information on current drought conditions may be found
at the following web addresses:

US Drought Monitor:
http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu

US Drought Information System:
http://www.drought.gov

NOAA Drought Page:
http://www.cpc.ncep.noaa.gov/products/Drought

National Weather Service Amarillo:
http://weather.gov/ama

Texas A&M AgriLife:
https://agrilife.org

Oklahoma Agriculture Food and Forestry:
https://www.oda.state.ok.us

Arkansas-Red Basin River Forecast Center
http://weather.gov/abrfc/DROUGHT

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Tulsa District
http://www.swt-wc.usace.army.mil

ADDITIONAL RIVER INFORMATION...

National Weather Service:
http://water.weather.gov

US Geological Survey:
http://water.usgs.gov

US Army Corps of Engineers:
http://www.usace.army.mil

ACKNOWLEDGMENTS...
The Drought Monitor is a multi-agency effort involving the
National Weather Service and National Centers for Environmental
Information, the USDA, state and regional center climatologists
and the National Drought Mitigation Center. Information for this
statement has been gathered from NWS and FAA observation sites,
state cooperative extension services, the USDA, USACE and USGS.

QUESTIONS OR COMMENTS...
If you have questions or comments about this Drought Information
Statement, please contact:

National Weather Service
1900 English Road
Amarillo, TX 79108
Phone...806-335-1121
sr-ama.webmaster@noaa.gov

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