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Event Drought
State TEXAS
County/Area CROSBY
WFO LUB
Begin Date 09/01/2011 00:00:00 CST-6
End Date 09/30/2011 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 continued to persist across the entire area through the month of September. September usually sees an uptick in the rainfall because of the weakening summer ridge pattern and occasional interaction with decaying tropical weather systems. However, the entire area continued to see little rainfall. The exceptional drought is expected to continue through the winter months with little to no relief.

The most widespread rainfall event of the year occurred from the 14th through the 16th when a swath of one to two inches of rain fell from Denver City through Brownfield, Lubbock and Crosbyton. The rainfall deficit climbed even further despite this widespread rainfall. Most of the area remains on pace for the driest year on record. Some annual rainfall totals include 3.66 at Morton (Cochran County), 3.28 at Silverton (Briscoe County), 3.96 at Friona (Parmer County), 2.74 at Lubbock (Lubbock County), 4.48 at Childress (Childress County) and 2.23 at Brownfield (Terry County). Keetch-Byram Drought Index values continued to range from 600 to 800 across the entire area.

The summer heat wave came to an end with the September rainfall. The first half of the month continued to see temperatures in the 90s on the South Plains with 100 to 105 degrees across the Rolling Plains. The rainfall dropped high temperatures to the upper 60s to upper 80s. Prior to this, both Lubbock and Childress saw a streak of 100 consecutive days of 90 degrees or higher that ended on the 4th.

Despite the rainfall, agricultural and livestock losses were unceasing. The beneficial rainfall in September came too late to aid the cotton crop. Low crop yields and low quality crops were seen through the month which were anticipated in the drought conditions. Most producers were waiting on rains to plant winter wheat although some had already been planted. Livestock sell off lasted through September due to the lack of forage and low supply of water and feed.

Economic losses due to drought through September since the drought began were estimated near $2.2 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 95.000M 5.000M
YOAKUM (ZONE) YOAKUM (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRISCOE (ZONE) BRISCOE (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAILEY (ZONE) BAILEY (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWISHER (ZONE) SWISHER (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STONEWALL (ZONE) STONEWALL (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOTLEY (ZONE) MOTLEY (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LYNN (ZONE) LYNN (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUBBOCK (ZONE) LUBBOCK (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 95.000M 5.000M
LAMB (ZONE) LAMB (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KING (ZONE) KING (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KENT (ZONE) KENT (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOCKLEY (ZONE) HOCKLEY (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COTTLE (ZONE) COTTLE (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALE (ZONE) HALE (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARZA (ZONE) GARZA (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKENS (ZONE) DICKENS (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CROSBY (ZONE) CROSBY (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COCHRAN (ZONE) COCHRAN (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHILDRESS (ZONE) CHILDRESS (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASTRO (ZONE) CASTRO (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TERRY (ZONE) TERRY (ZONE) TX 09/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 95.000M 5.000M