Oklahoma Farm Report masthead graphic with wheat on the left and cattle on the right.
Howdy Neighbors!
Ron Hays, Director of Farm and Ranch Programming, Radio Oklahoma Ag Network  |  2401 Exchange Ave, Suite F, Oklahoma City, Ok 73108  |  (405) 601-9211

advertisements
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

Agricultural News


Finally, A Positive Drought Forecast, Gary McManus Says

Thu, 21 Mar 2013 12:50:46 CDT

Finally, A Positive Drought Forecast, Gary McManus Says
Oklahoma has been faced with a "drought to persist or intensify" forecast from the Climate Prediction Center each few weeks since last summer, or at least it seems that way, that the latest forecast brings much better news, at least in the long run, says Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus.


The latest U.S. Drought Monitor report is basically the same as last week, save for a bit more relief showing up in northwestern Oklahoma. Portions of Woodward County and the surrounding area went from Extreme (D3) drought to Severe (D2) drought on word of an improved soil moisture profile.


With the spring rainy season just around the corner, the latest U.S. Seasonal Drought Outlook for the current period through the end of June has good news for the northeastern half of Oklahoma. Far northeastern Oklahoma is entrenched in the "drought likely to improve" area, while to the southeast, they get the "drought ongoing, some improvement" label.


Note that this outlook, pictured a the bottom of this story, depicts what the CPC forecaster believes the Drought Monitor will look like at the end of June. The bad news, of course, is that they see the drought persisting or intensifying across the Panhandle, southwestern and west central Oklahoma. Their reasoning is pretty simple: combine the rain at the end of this week and no clear dry signal for the April-June period and you should see some drought impacts ease just a bit.


For temperatures, the March chill is expected to vanish during April with warmer weather on tap. Farther out into May and June, the warm weather forecast is based mostly on soil moisture deficits. Soil moisture deficits and the warm season usually combine to provide warmer than normal temperatures, since the sun's energy would be used to heat the ground rather than evaporate soil moisture. The worrisome aspect of the temperature forecast, McManus says, is that it would also enhance drought conditions.


As for the storm system over the next several days, it does appear to have fizzled just a bit for most of the state. But, as usual, it's better than nothing since March has turned dry.



   



Finally, A Positive Drought Forecast, Gary McManus Says
   

 

WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI

 


Top Agricultural News

  • Elizabeth Perkins Talks About Her Family's Results with Certified Angus Beef   Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:31:53 CDT
  • Steer and Heifer Calves Were to Lightly Tested for an Accurate Trend Tuesday at OKC West Livestock Auction  Tue, 16 Jul 2019 17:10:43 CDT
  • Texas Rancher Kelley Sullivan Georgiades Calls on US House to Ratify USMCA for American Beef Producers  Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:33:56 CDT
  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 16, 2019  Tue, 16 Jul 2019 15:22:15 CDT
  • Tuesday Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:39:38 CDT
  • House Ag Subcommittee on Livestock Chairman Jim Costa Committed to Resolving Industry's Many Issues  Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:23:31 CDT
  • House Ag Members Say Several Livestock Threats Being Addressed, But USMCA Approval Remains Vital  Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:17:50 CDT
  • Tuesday Afternoon Market Wrap-Up with Carson Horn   Tue, 16 Jul 2019 14:14:50 CDT

  • More Headlines...

       

    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

    Oklahoma Ag Credit Oklahoma Farm Bureau National Livestock Credit P&K Equipment Tulsa Farm Show AFR Insurance Stillwater Milling KIS FUTURES, INC. Oklahoma Cattlemen's Association

    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com


       
       
    © 2008-2019 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.