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Event Drought
State TEXAS
County/Area CROSBY
WFO LUB
Report Source Other Federal Agency
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-05-01 00:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2011-05-31 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 Abnormally dry conditions that began over west Texas during the fall of 2010 persisted through May further adding to agricultural losses in the hundreds of millions of dollars. At the beginning of May, Severe (D2) drought in Briscoe and Swisher counties further intensified to Extreme (D3). The remainder of the South Plains, Rolling Plains, and southern Texas Panhandle saw additional amplification of Extreme (D3) and Exceptional (D4) drought.
Moisture typically increases through May but May, 2011 saw continued insignificant rainfall for the region. Most locations received only 10 to 25 percent of normal annual rainfall. Some locations over the southwestern South Plains received less than five percent of normal. Rainfall since November 2010 ranged from under one tenth of an inch at Plains (Yoakum County) to nearly two inches at Friona (Parmer County), Plainview (Hale County), Tulia (Swisher County) and Guthrie (King County). Most other locations around the region experienced close to an inch of rainfall during this period. These totals were about two to six inches below normal over the South Plains and six to eight inches below normal over the Rolling Plains. In addition, temperatures throughout the month of May ranged from five to eight degrees above normal. Keetch-Byram Drought Index values ranged between 600 and 700 across the region by the end of May.
The drought's impact on wildfire activity was evident during May with several large wildfires but this activity actually decreased from previous months. This wildfire activity has extended beyond the region's climatological wildfire season which typically subsides with seasonal green-up in late April and early May. Over 100,000 acres of land were burned by wildfires within the Lubbock CWA during the month of May. Agricultural losses were also becoming substantial during the month. By the end of the month, dry land fields had failed due to very dry soil conditions. Cotton crop planting continued to be delayed and was beginning to create major negative impacts across the region. Additionally, area ranchers faced livestock losses due to the worsening drought. These losses were attributed to difficulty in trucking in water and feed which resulted in the sell off of some livestock.
Economic losses due to drought through May were estimated near $250 million.
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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 50.000M 195.000M
STONEWALL (ZONE) STONEWALL (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAILEY (ZONE) BAILEY (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YOAKUM (ZONE) YOAKUM (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TERRY (ZONE) TERRY (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOTLEY (ZONE) MOTLEY (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LYNN (ZONE) LYNN (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUBBOCK (ZONE) LUBBOCK (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 50.000M 195.000M
LAMB (ZONE) LAMB (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KING (ZONE) KING (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KENT (ZONE) KENT (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COTTLE (ZONE) COTTLE (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COCHRAN (ZONE) COCHRAN (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHILDRESS (ZONE) CHILDRESS (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOCKLEY (ZONE) HOCKLEY (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARZA (ZONE) GARZA (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKENS (ZONE) DICKENS (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALE (ZONE) HALE (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CROSBY (ZONE) CROSBY (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASTRO (ZONE) CASTRO (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRISCOE (ZONE) BRISCOE (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWISHER (ZONE) SWISHER (ZONE) TX 05/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 50.000M 195.000M