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Event Drought
State TEXAS
County/Area CROSBY
WFO LUB
Report Source Other Federal Agency
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-07-01 00:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2011-07-31 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 Exceptional (D4) drought continued across the entire area through the month of July. However, there was a brief reprieve into Extreme (D3) across portions of the southeastern Texas panhandle for the second half of the month due to abundant rainfall during the first half of the month. The remainder of the area received little to no beneficial rainfall during July.
The drought of 2011 clearly stands out as among the most extreme in this region in the past 100 years. Portions of Briscoe and Hall Counties experienced a heavy rain event on July 11. Otherwise, no area saw significant rainfall through the entire month. Annual rainfall totals at Lubbock and Childress were 1.13 inches and 3.64 inches, respectively. These were the lowest rainfall values ever recorded at Lubbock and Childress. Other annual rainfall totals include 2.35 at Morton (Cochran County), 2.23 inches at Silverton (Briscoe County), 1.37 inches at Friona (Parmer County) and 0.72 inches at Brownfield (Terry County). Keetch-Byram Drought Index values continued to range from 600 to 800 across the entire area. A heat wave from June continued to affect the area into the month of July. An upper high persisted over the area favoring very hot temperatures and the warmest July ever recorded for several areas. Many areas also saw temperature records broken with average temperatures between 8 and 11 degrees above normal.
Wildfire activity lessened through July due to the lack of dry high-based thunderstorms. Agricultural losses continued to mount with most crops failing. Aquifer draw-down greatly increased suggesting that irrigation may not be able to continue for a prolonged period of time. Some farmers reportedly cut their watering area in half with the hopes of yielding some harvest rather than none. Record numbers of livestock continued to be sold because of the cost of water and feed. Ironically, some cattle died because of taking in too much water once moved to new pastures.
Economic losses due to drought through July were estimated near $2 billion.
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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 0 250.000M 250.000M
YOAKUM (ZONE) YOAKUM (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWISHER (ZONE) SWISHER (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOTLEY (ZONE) MOTLEY (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LYNN (ZONE) LYNN (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STONEWALL (ZONE) STONEWALL (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKENS (ZONE) DICKENS (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASTRO (ZONE) CASTRO (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRISCOE (ZONE) BRISCOE (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CROSBY (ZONE) CROSBY (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COTTLE (ZONE) COTTLE (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COCHRAN (ZONE) COCHRAN (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHILDRESS (ZONE) CHILDRESS (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAILEY (ZONE) BAILEY (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUBBOCK (ZONE) LUBBOCK (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 250.000M 250.000M
LAMB (ZONE) LAMB (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KING (ZONE) KING (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KENT (ZONE) KENT (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOCKLEY (ZONE) HOCKLEY (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALE (ZONE) HALE (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARZA (ZONE) GARZA (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TERRY (ZONE) TERRY (ZONE) TX 07/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 250.000M 250.000M