Cooler Forecast Temperatures Could Ease Drought Pressure, McManus SaysThu, 27 Jun 2013 17:14:28 CDT
Hot temperatures over Oklahoma promise to ease somewhat over the weekend, according to Gary McManus, associate state climatologist. He says the cooler temperatures will help preserve gains made in soil moisture a few weeks ago.
He says a persistent upper-level ridge over the western U.S. could keep Oklahoma in a cool pattern with northwesterly flow after that.
The Drought Monitor was mostly in a holding pattern this week, however, due to reports from the field and soil moisture levels, the level of D4 exceptional drought was extended further north into Roger Mills County. McManus said one producer remarked the soil conditions are the worst he's seen in over 40 years out that way.
McManus said that the key to continued improvement in drought conditions will be where the heat dome sets up this summer. If it shifts either east or west of Oklahoma, the state should benefit from cooler temperatures like it will experience next week.
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