For this year, there is 15.19" of missing rain here from the average of 25.78". That's a shortage of 59%.
What are your numbers?
I'm not sure what my numbers are, but I bet they're even lower. I just read that Texas is in its third worst drought in history, and since October we've had a long string of "driest [insert month here]'s" in history.
My city is about to go into Stage 3 water restrictions, which limits watering to once a week by hand or by soaker hose, and once every two weeks by sprinkler.
Stage 4 is as high as it goes.
Here's a link to the U.S. Drought Monitor website for Texas: http://www.drought.unl.edu/dm/DM_state.htm?TX,S
I'm in the maroon bit. "Exceptional" drought, the worst category. This drought is already the third worst in history, and considering how it's only June, it's probably not going to get any better for a while and could possibly end up the worst in history.
So far, soil moisture is normal/good here. This current drought seems focused on Texas, Oklahoma, Gulf states and parts of Florida. Last Summer saw SEVERE drought though and August is no longer the WETTEST month of the year--now it seems likely to be drought month. Winter precip (rain and snow) seems much higher now--high enough to fill the aquifers and get us through the dry season. I have a feeling though that it's about to get hotter and DRIER on the East coast now.--Droughts tend to expand and spread more drought.
Had some short rains here lately but still missing just under 20" from normal, a deficit of 53%. Since most of it runs off instead of soaking into the hydrophobic soil, 2 days later everything is wilted again.
Here is a link that might be useful:
Definitely looks to be growing in coverage and severity.
Since last September I have had just a hair under 6". Our average rainfal is supposed to be 34" per year.
Let's see. Normal 35" and I have had 5 3/4". That is 29" and she is still not raining. Another La Nina.
we are 10 below The farmers are really suffering but some places are worse. Not a good year at all
The drought map link has changed:
Animated , past 12 weeks.