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Climate of 2005 - December
Arklatex
(southwest Arkansas, southeast Oklahoma, northeast Texas)
Drought


National Climatic Data Center, 10 January 2006

The area centered around southwest Arkansas, southeast Oklahoma, and northeast Texas (the "Arklatex") has experienced extremely dry conditions during 2005, including the 4th driest December and driest year (and other seasons, see table below).

The tables and graphics below summarize the precipitation conditions for the Arklatex region, as well as the individual climate divisions that comprise it (southwest Arkansas division 7, southeast Oklahoma division 9, and northeast Texas division 4).

Precipitation Ranks for
the Arklatex, 2005
Period Rank
Dec 4th driest
Nov-Dec 2nd driest
Oct-Dec 1st driest
Sep-Dec 2nd driest
Aug-Dec 4th driest
Jul-Dec 5th driest
Jun-Dec 2nd driest
May-Dec 1st driest
Apr-Dec 1st driest
Mar-Dec 1st driest
Feb-Dec 1st driest
Jan-Dec 1st driest
Graphic showing  precipitation departures, January 1998 - present

Graphic showing  Palmer Z Index, January 1998 - present

Graphic showing  precipitation, December  1895-2005
Graphic showing  Palmer Hydrological Drought Index, January 1900 - December  2005



Precipitation Ranks for
Arkansas Division 7, 2005
Period Rank
Dec 1st driest
Nov-Dec 4th driest
Oct-Dec 1st driest
Sep-Dec 3rd driest
Aug-Dec 3rd driest
Jul-Dec 3rd driest
Jun-Dec 1st driest
May-Dec 1st driest
Apr-Dec 1st driest
Mar-Dec 1st driest
Feb-Dec 1st driest
Jan-Dec 2nd driest
Graphic showing  precipitation departures, January 1998 - present

Graphic showing  Palmer Z Index, January 1998 - present

Graphic showing  precipitation, December  1895-2005
Graphic showing  Palmer Hydrological Drought Index, January 1900 - December  2005



Precipitation Ranks for
Oklahoma Division 9, 2005
Period Rank
Dec 3rd driest
Nov-Dec 1st driest
Oct-Dec 1st driest
Sep-Dec 1st driest
Aug-Dec 2nd driest
Jul-Dec 1st driest
Jun-Dec 1st driest
May-Dec 1st driest
Apr-Dec 1st driest
Mar-Dec 1st driest
Feb-Dec 1st driest
Jan-Dec 2nd driest
Graphic showing  precipitation departures, January 1998 - present

Graphic showing  Palmer Z Index, January 1998 - present

Graphic showing  precipitation, December  1895-2005
Graphic showing  Palmer Hydrological Drought Index, January 1900 - December  2005



Precipitation Ranks for
Texas Division 4, 2005
Period Rank
Dec 6th driest
Nov-Dec 1st driest
Oct-Dec 1st driest
Sep-Dec 2nd driest
Aug-Dec 6th driest
Jul-Dec 9th driest
Jun-Dec 5th driest
May-Dec 2nd driest
Apr-Dec 1st driest
Mar-Dec 1st driest
Feb-Dec 2nd driest
Jan-Dec 2nd driest
Graphic showing  precipitation departures, January 1998 - present

Graphic showing  Palmer Z Index, January 1998 - present

Graphic showing  precipitation, December  1895-2005
Graphic showing  Palmer Hydrological Drought Index, January 1900 - December  2005


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