Friday, May 29, 2015

National Drought Mitigation Center


April Drought & Impacts Summary: Drought improved in South, intensified in North, held on in West, affecting water, ag, wildlife & more

May 8, 2015

April brought improvement to drought in Texas and Oklahoma, but conditions deteriorated in the northern tier, with drought intensifying to severe in Minnesota and South Dakota. Looking ahead to a fourth dry year, California begin implementing tougher conservation rules. Lake Mead fell to a historic low, and water rights holders in many Western states were facing reduced allotments.

April 2015 Drought and Impacts Summary

The Spring 2015 edition of DroughtScape is out

May 6, 2015
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U.S. Crops in Drought through April 28, 2015: Drought cuts into California planting intentions, but dryness helps Midwest planting progress quickly

Apr 30, 2015
On April 28, drought covered 26 percent of the U.S. corn production area and 22 percent of the soybean area. Those numbers are up sharply from early March 2015, when just 6 percent of the corn and 5 percent of the soybeans were in drought. Despite the upper Midwestern drought development, producers are still optimistic for a favorable growing season if spring rains develop—especially since the dry conditions have led to rapid planting progress. According to USDA’s Prospective Plantings report, issued on March 31, California’s planting intentions for cotton, corn, oats, barley, wheat, rice, and sunflowers will total 1.72 million acres in 2015, down from 1.90 million acres in 2014 and 2.44 million acres in 2013.
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March Drought & Impacts Overview: Drought expands in Midwest, intensifies in West; impacts mounting in CA, TX & West

Apr 14, 2015

Drought conditions spread in the Upper Midwest and intensified over the West during March. California is tightening water restrictions in anticipation of a fourth drought year. Many ski resorts in the West were closing early due to lack of snow, and lack of water was reducing fish populations in parts of California. Looking ahead, observers anticipate reductions in some agricultural production due to curtailed irrigation water in California and New Mexico, as well as a long, intense fire season in drought-affected areas.

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Intermountain West, Great Plains, upper Midwest see development, expansion of drought

Apr 2, 2015

March featured warmer- and drier-than-normal weather in most areas from California to the Great Plains and upper Midwest. As a result, drought development or expansion was noted in a broad area covering the Intermountain West, Great Plains, and upper Midwest.

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