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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#241 Postby cycloneye » Thu Jul 31, 2014 9:31 am

The southern part of the drought area was expanded a little bit more. Let's see if it rains this weekend to aliviate things.

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#242 Postby Cyclenall » Thu Jul 31, 2014 1:04 pm

I've been checking the California drought map for the past several weeks and today this is the result:

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That is an exponential leap in the D4 category from last week, 22% jump which I have never seen before (last week it only went up 0.04% in that category which equates to a 550X jump). I wouldn't be surprised if that was one of the largest jumps with this product since recording began. This is extremely frightening for the US food supply as most of it comes from this region, a once in a 500 year drought is coming :eek: .

The way these are updated on a weekly basis have me questioning of their accuracy as it doesn't seem to evolve smooth at all as we can see. It will barely move in one category and then all of a sudden sky rocket. The D3 category didn't budge any % which seems unrealistic. Its as if they play catch up or something.
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#243 Postby Steve820 » Sun Aug 03, 2014 6:06 pm

I live in Southern California and I can't believe we just entered D4 drought! That's just insane!! :eek:

Hopefully we can get lots of rain soon!
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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#244 Postby cycloneye » Thu Aug 07, 2014 1:00 pm

Good news for PR as the moderate drought has shrinked a bit but still there are deficits of rainfall.

Tropical Storm Bertha—later a hurricane—passed near the southwestern tip of Puerto Rico on August 2. Bertha produced heavy rain, locally 6 to 10 inches or more, across the southern slopes of central Puerto Rico, with lighter amounts noted elsewhere on the island. As a result, there was a reduction in Puerto Rico’s coverage of abnormal dryness (D0) and moderate drought (D1). Despite Bertha’s rain, precipitation deficits still existed across parts of Puerto Rico at various time scales. In San Juan, rainfall from June 1 – August 5 totaled 6.01 inches (59 percent of normal), despite 1.67 inches of rain during the first 5 days of August.

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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#245 Postby cycloneye » Thu Aug 21, 2014 9:22 am

The area of moderate drought was expanded.

Another abnormally dry week in much of Puerto Rico led to the expansion of D0 conditions through north-central parts of the state. Streamflows there have dropped to levels similar to the other abnormally dry regions in the Commonwealth. In San Juan, June through August 2014 are in aggregate the fourth driest such period since 1956, pending precipitation during the next 10 days.


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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#246 Postby cycloneye » Thu Aug 28, 2014 8:47 am

The area of moderate drought areas was trimmed a bit but still some areas remain.

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/Stat ... or.aspx?PR

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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#247 Postby cycloneye » Sun Oct 05, 2014 3:04 pm

Thanks to the recent rains here,PR has less coverage of drought conditions.

Two weeks of several-inch rains in northeast Puerto Rico have improved streamflows and eased rainfall deficits, so the D1 in northeast Puerto Rico was deleted and D0 contracted

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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#248 Postby cycloneye » Thu Nov 13, 2014 2:16 pm

Thanks to the copious amounts of rain that the strong trough brought to PR and adjacent islands,we are almost out of the drought with only a small area in the southern part.

A full 1-category improvement was necessary in response to the moderate to heavy rains (1.5 – 9 inches) that covered Puerto Rico. Abnormal dryness was retained where 60-day precipitation totals are less than 50% of normal.

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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#249 Postby cycloneye » Thu Jan 29, 2015 11:51 am

California is worse and worse with the drought.

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/Stat ... or.aspx?CA

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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#250 Postby cycloneye » Sat Jan 31, 2015 8:29 pm

NASA launches satellite to monitor the droughts.

VANDENBERG AIR FORCE BASE >> A NASA satellite lifted off early Saturday with the hope it will transmit data that will help the world do a better job of preparing for floods and droughts.

The satellite is on a three-year mission to track the amount of water locked in soil, which may help residents in low-lying regions brace for floods or farmers get ready for drought conditions.

http://www.dailynews.com/science/201501 ... monitoring
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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#251 Postby cycloneye » Thu Apr 23, 2015 10:01 am

Puerto Ricos drought has expanded on the latest advisory.

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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#252 Postby cycloneye » Thu May 07, 2015 7:52 am

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Monitor expand the drought area in PR and expands to the island of Vieques.

After a very dry April, Puerto Rico just can’t seem to shake this dry spell in early May, which is usually the time of year that they should be coming out of the dry season. (May and October are normally Puerto Rico’s wettest months of the year.) As such, streamflows on the island are suffering and fires are becoming more of a concern as the much-needed wet season approaches. This has led to the expansion of D0 across all of eastern Puerto Rico and the Isla de Vieques as well. In addition, an introduction of D1 is depicted this week in the southeastern reaches of the island east of Ponce and situated around the Guayama region.

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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#253 Postby cycloneye » Thu May 14, 2015 9:52 am

U.S Monitor expand the moderate drought area to include more areas of eastern Puerto Rico.

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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#254 Postby cycloneye » Thu Jun 04, 2015 8:31 am

The drought expands in Puerto Rico with some areas in severe drought status.

http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/Home/Stat ... or.aspx?PR

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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#255 Postby South Texas Storms » Thu Jun 04, 2015 2:57 pm

Praise the Lord! The wet start to 2015 has all but eliminated the drought across all of Texas! The two maps below compare the drought now to one year ago. What a huge improvement!

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#256 Postby CajunMama » Thu Jun 04, 2015 11:46 pm

[quote="South Texas Storms"]Praise the Lord! The wet start to 2015 has all but eliminated the drought across all of Texas! The two maps below compare the drought now to one year ago. What a huge improvement!

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Isn't that a pretty picture! :sun:
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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#257 Postby cycloneye » Thu Jun 18, 2015 7:55 am

PR is going from bad to worse.

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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#258 Postby cycloneye » Thu Jul 02, 2015 8:01 am

Area of severe drought expands.

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Re: U.S. Drought Monitor

#259 Postby cycloneye » Thu Jul 09, 2015 8:03 am

Extreme drought was introduced and the moderate areas are expanded.

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#260 Postby Ntxw » Thu Jul 09, 2015 9:05 am

It's not going to get much better for Puerto Rico and many areas of the Caribbean unfortunately. Shear from the El Nino has decimated any chances for tropical waves in the Caribbean, which compose a large part of the rain in this region, to be able to survive and bring rains. Short term help may come sporadically from weaker waves but in the long run it won't do much. I don't think it will get much better for the next 6-10 months as Nino climo isn't helpful.
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