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Event Drought
State TEXAS
County/Area CROSBY
WFO LUB
Begin Date 08/01/2012 00:00:00 CST-6
End Date 08/31/2012 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 Drought conditions generally worsened over the region through the month of August. All counties in Moderate (D1) conditions through July were upgraded to at least Severe (D2). Some counties previously in Extreme (D3) were upgraded to the highest level, Exceptional (D4).

Temperatures were observed to be slightly above normal for August. The hottest conditions were observed in the first half of the month as an upper level high pressure system became established over West Texas. Daytime temperatures were at or above one hundred degrees for numerous days. Lubbock recorded a maximum temperature of 105 while Childress recorded a 110 degree temperature. Yearly averages place Lubbock and Childress as the second warmest and warmest years respectively. Precipitation continued to be typical for a summertime pattern with only spotty or scattered thunderstorms occurring. Most areas continued to be between three and six inches below average for rainfall. Keetch-Byram Drought Index values remained nearly the same from July's values. Values between 600 and 700 were observed over the western South Plains and Rolling Plains with values of 500 to 600 elsewhere. The lone exception was across the southeastern Texas panhandle where quantities between 400 and 500 were observed.

All crops and pasture were stressed across the region. Many cotton fields were being pushed out to early cutout stage. Irrigation was proving insufficient to provide enough water for crops, and dryland crops were nearly a total loss. Livestock continued to need supplemental feed and some producers were selling off their livestock. Burnable fuel supply was at a relatively low level, although late summer is not the peak time of the year for grassland wildfires. Most wildfires were started from low precipitation thunderstorms, with lightning igniting grasslands.

Economic losses due to drought through August since the drought began were estimated near $2.4 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 0.00K 0.00K
STONEWALL (ZONE) STONEWALL (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LYNN (ZONE) LYNN (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
GARZA (ZONE) GARZA (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COCHRAN (ZONE) COCHRAN (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
PARMER (ZONE) PARMER (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
YOAKUM (ZONE) YOAKUM (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
COTTLE (ZONE) COTTLE (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CHILDRESS (ZONE) CHILDRESS (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
DICKENS (ZONE) DICKENS (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
TERRY (ZONE) TERRY (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
FLOYD (ZONE) FLOYD (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALE (ZONE) HALE (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KING (ZONE) KING (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LAMB (ZONE) LAMB (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HOCKLEY (ZONE) HOCKLEY (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
KENT (ZONE) KENT (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BRISCOE (ZONE) BRISCOE (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
LUBBOCK (ZONE) LUBBOCK (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
BAILEY (ZONE) BAILEY (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
HALL (ZONE) HALL (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CROSBY (ZONE) CROSBY (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
MOTLEY (ZONE) MOTLEY (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
CASTRO (ZONE) CASTRO (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
SWISHER (ZONE) SWISHER (ZONE) TX 08/01/2012 00:00 CST-6 Drought 0 0 0.00K 0.00K
Totals: 0 0 0.00K 0.00K