National Overview - April 2012
Divisional Precipitation and Drought Maps

« National Overview - April 2012


Divisional Precipitation and Drought Maps

The following map represent percent of average (1981-2010) precipitation on a climate division level from January through April. The areas shaded in brown represent below average precipitation amounts while the green shaded areas are above average.

January-April Percent of Average Precipitation
January-April Percent of Average Precipitation
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Shown below is the United States Drought Monitor (USDM) status as of May 1, 2012. The USDM depicts drought when low water supply becomes evident affecting crops on various time scales. The U.S. Drought Monitor incorporates a drought scale much like those that rate hurricanes and tornadoes. The "D-scale" speaks to the "unusualness" of a drought episode. Over the long run, D1 conditions are expected to occur about 10 to 20 percent of the time. D4 is much rarer, expected to occur no more than every 50-years.

Drought Conditions of May 1, 2012
Drought Conditions of May 1, 2012
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