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Event Drought
State TEXAS
County/Area CROSBY
WFO LUB
Begin Date 06/01/2011 00:00:00 CST-6
End Date 06/30/2011 23:59:00 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 Exceptional (D4) drought conditions continued to persist across the entire South Plains, Rolling Plains, and southern Texas Panhandle regions. June, on average, is among the wettest periods of the year for the Southern Plains. However, June 2011 saw deepening rainfall deficits with a spring thunderstorm season failing to develop. Zero percent of normal rainfall was observed over a large part of the region. Only a few stations have recorded over two inches of rainfall on the year with Paducah the only site recording over three inches of rainfall. No measurable rainfall fell at Lubbock International Airport which is only the second time in 100 years of record that has occurred. Most of the area measured between 10 and 25 percent of normal annual rainfall.

The historic drought was made worse by a June heat wave. A very strong upper level high settled over the region in early June resulting in record heat. Many cities around the region recorded the warmest month on record. Temperatures throughout the month of June averaged between 8 to 11 degrees above normal. The city of Paducah had a maximum temperature of 118 degrees on June 26th tying its all time record high. This was two degrees behind the all-time record high for the state of Texas. Childress also tied their all time record high temperature of 117 degrees on June 26th. Keetch-Byram Drought Index values ranged between 600 and 800 across the region by the end of June. Strong winds with afternoon relative humidities often below 10 percent lead to many days with extreme fire weather concerns.

The drought's impact on wildfire activity continued into June with several wildfires initiated by dry high-based thunderstorms. This wildfire activity extended beyond the region's climatological wildfire season which typically subsides with seasonal green-up in April and May. Nearly 60,000 acres of land were burned by wildfires within the Lubbock CWA (County Warning Area) during the month of June. Agricultural impacts accelerated across the region as farmers struggled to irrigate dry fields. All crops were becoming a major loss by the end of June and were severely impacting the local economy. Local farmers were able to begin the insurance claims process for failed crops during the month, and livestock losses continued to grow with growing shortages of water and feed.

Economic losses for the year due to drought through June, 2011 were estimated near $1.5 billion.
Event Narrative


All events for this episode:

Location County/Zone St. Date Time T.Z. Type Mag Dth Inj PrD CrD
Totals: 0 0 200.000M 1.050B
CHILDRESS (ZONE) CHILDRESS (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COTTLE (ZONE) COTTLE (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRISCOE (ZONE) BRISCOE (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAILEY (ZONE) BAILEY (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TERRY (ZONE) TERRY (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWISHER (ZONE) SWISHER (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YOAKUM (ZONE) YOAKUM (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STONEWALL (ZONE) STONEWALL (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOTLEY (ZONE) MOTLEY (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LYNN (ZONE) LYNN (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUBBOCK (ZONE) LUBBOCK (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 200.000M 1.050B
LAMB (ZONE) LAMB (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KING (ZONE) KING (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KENT (ZONE) KENT (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOCKLEY (ZONE) HOCKLEY (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALE (ZONE) HALE (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARZA (ZONE) GARZA (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COCHRAN (ZONE) COCHRAN (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKENS (ZONE) DICKENS (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CROSBY (ZONE) CROSBY (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASTRO (ZONE) CASTRO (ZONE) TX 06/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 200.000M 1.050B