U.S Drought Monitor for the Southern Climate Region, Valid September 28th

U.S Drought Monitor Class Change Map for Southern Climate Region, Valid September 28th

As a warm front advanced last week from Texas up into Oklahoma and Arkansas. It brought with it showers and thunderstorms along the way, which resulted in widespread one-class improvements concentrated in Northeast Texas, Eastern Oklahoma, and Western Arkansas. Some of this precipitation was so significant that it led to some isolated two-class improvements in Northeast Texas and Southwest Arkansas. Unfortunately, though, many areas were abnormally dry last week, leading to developing and worsening drought conditions in some states. Central Arkansas, Mississippi, and Tennessee all experienced widespread one-class degradations last week, leading to 86% of the climate region now experiencing varying degrees of drought.

Looking into the future, as outlined by the U.S Seasonal Drought Outlook, throughout fall the southern region can expect drought to improve in some areas, and in others complete removal, as expected in West Texas.