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Event Drought
State TEXAS
County/Area CROSBY
WFO LUB
Report Source Other Federal Agency
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-04-05 00:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2011-04-30 23:59:00.0 CST-6
Deaths Direct/Indirect 0/0 (fatality details below, when available...)
Injuries Direct/Indirect 0/0
Property Damage 0.00K
Crop Damage 0.00K
Episode Narrative The extended dry period which began over west Texas during the 2010 autumn persisted through April, and resulted in a rapid intesification of drought over the South Plains. During the first week of April, Severe (D2) expanded northward over all of the South Plains and extreme southern Texas Panhandle while Extreme (D3) drought expanded to include the extreme southeastern Panhandle, the southwestern South Plains, and all of the Low Rolling Plains.
Rainfall since November 2010 ranged from under a tenth of an inch at Plains (Yoakum County) to close to two inches at Friona (Parmer County), Plainview (Hale County), Tulia (Swisher County) and Guthrie (King County)...while most other locations across the South Plains experienced around one inch of rain during the seven-month period. These totals were two to six inches below climatological normal values. In addition, temperatures during the month of April averaged 5 to 8 degrees above normal. Keetch-Byram Drought Index values ranged between 600 and 700 across the region by the end of April.
Through April, impacts of the deepening drought were most evident in an unprecedented level of wildfire activity across the state. Mutliple long-lived and massive wildfires occurred across the state during the month, including several that persisted for upwards of two weeks in duration and totaling nearly 2 million acres statewide. During April, agricultural impacts were additionally worsening. Local experts estimated that winter wheat crops sustained a 60 percent loss. South Plains cotton farmers delayed planting through the month of April due to the drought's impact. It was evident that if rain did not increase during the late spring and early summer, cotton crops (the area's main economy) would suffer tremendous adverse impacts.
Economic losses due to drought through April were estimated near $5 million, and were predominately a result of failed winter wheat.
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All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 5.000M
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COCHRAN (ZONE) COCHRAN (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YOAKUM (ZONE) YOAKUM (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TERRY (ZONE) TERRY (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LYNN (ZONE) LYNN (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARZA (ZONE) GARZA (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KENT (ZONE) KENT (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHILDRESS (ZONE) CHILDRESS (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAILEY (ZONE) BAILEY (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRISCOE (ZONE) BRISCOE (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COTTLE (ZONE) COTTLE (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOTLEY (ZONE) MOTLEY (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKENS (ZONE) DICKENS (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KING (ZONE) KING (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STONEWALL (ZONE) STONEWALL (ZONE) TX 04/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALE (ZONE) HALE (ZONE) TX 04/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAMB (ZONE) LAMB (ZONE) TX 04/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWISHER (ZONE) SWISHER (ZONE) TX 04/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CROSBY (ZONE) CROSBY (ZONE) TX 04/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUBBOCK (ZONE) LUBBOCK (ZONE) TX 04/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 5.000M
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) TX 04/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASTRO (ZONE) CASTRO (ZONE) TX 04/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOCKLEY (ZONE) HOCKLEY (ZONE) TX 04/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 04/05/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 5.000M