Extreme to Exceptional Drought Now Covers 93 Percent of OklahomaThu, 20 Dec 2012 10:49:44 CST
Another week has passed and the latest Drought Monitor Map for the state of Oklahoma is really more of the same for the entire state. According to Gary McManus, Associate State Climatologist with the Oklahoma Climatological Survey, "The percentage of Extreme (D3) drought increased just a bit and we now have 93% of the state covered by Extreme-Exceptional (D3-D4) drought."
While the state has experienced drought in both 2011 and 2012, dry conditions went into remission for a time last fall and winter, as the percentage of severe to exceptional drought in the state was just over 50% as 2012 began- as we bring down the curtain on 2012, that number is, for all pratical purposes, 100%.
McManus points out that there is a chance for measurable precipitation next week, but after that, there still seems to be a lot of uncertainty in the longer term forecast models for exactly what chances we may have for any breakout of multiple rainy events. He does say that it's essential we find a way to get back to at least more normal rainfall patterns this coming spring if there is to be any chance of even partially breaking this current drought cycle that is gripping the state.
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