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Event Drought
State TEXAS
County/Area HALE
WFO LUB
Report Source Other Federal Agency
NCDC Data Source CSV
Begin Date 2011-12-01 00:00:00.0 CST-6
End Date 2011-12-31 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 The Drought Index across the South Plains, Rolling Plains and extreme southern Texas Panhandle was reduced thanks to an extremely wet December. The wetter than normal conditions that began in the fall continued into December with one of the wettest Decembers on record. These increased moisture conditions improved the drought. No areas showed D4 (Exceptional) drought across the area. All other areas were further reduced, with much of the area in D3 and D2 (Severe) with D0 (Abnormally Dry) over Hall County.
2011 ended up being one of the driest or the driest year on record for many locations despite ending on a wet note. Several storm systems affected the West Texas region with significant snowfall on the 24th-25th. The areas that experienced record dryness were about 30% of normal for precipitation amounts. Some of these record locations include 4.84 inches at Brownfield (Terry County) and Plains (Yoakum County), 5.23 inches at Tahoka (Lynn County), 5.86 inches at Lubbock (Lubbock County), and 5.87 inches at Levelland (Hockley County). Keetch-Byram Drought Index values had further decreased through the month of December ranging from 300 over the extreme southeastern Texas Panhandle to 600 over the southwestern South Plains.
Agricultural and livestock losses were much lower than seen in previous months. Winter wheat was in fair condition with producers able to turn cattle on it for grazing by the end of December. Livestock producers continued to provide some supplemental feed. Cooler temperatures with significant rain and snowfall resulted in suppressed fire weather activity. The recent precipitation began to boost stock ponds and smaller watering holes while the larger water systems had yet to respond with any notable improvements.
Economic losses due to drought through December since the drought began were estimated near $2.3 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 5.000M 5.000M
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRISCOE (ZONE) BRISCOE (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CROSBY (ZONE) CROSBY (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COTTLE (ZONE) COTTLE (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOTLEY (ZONE) MOTLEY (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALE (ZONE) HALE (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KENT (ZONE) KENT (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARZA (ZONE) GARZA (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LYNN (ZONE) LYNN (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUBBOCK (ZONE) LUBBOCK (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 5.000M 5.000M
LAMB (ZONE) LAMB (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOCKLEY (ZONE) HOCKLEY (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COCHRAN (ZONE) COCHRAN (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHILDRESS (ZONE) CHILDRESS (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KING (ZONE) KING (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
STONEWALL (ZONE) STONEWALL (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YOAKUM (ZONE) YOAKUM (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TERRY (ZONE) TERRY (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWISHER (ZONE) SWISHER (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASTRO (ZONE) CASTRO (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAILEY (ZONE) BAILEY (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKENS (ZONE) DICKENS (ZONE) TX 12/01/2011 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 5.000M 5.000M