Rains Offer Spotty Improvement in Drought ConditionsThu, 07 Nov 2013 14:11:54 CST
The newest drought monitor map reflects changes due to the last couple of rain events, and the lack of rain events, in differing parts of the state, says Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus.
The biggest news on the map is the expansion of D4-Exceptional drought into Harmon County in far southwestern Oklahoma. That area has seen its driest last three years on record, and recent rains haven't helped much.
Statewide, the average since January 1 is 33.8 inches, about 1.4 inches above normal. Of course, McManus said, that's a bit better than the Panhandle and southwest, and a bit (or a lot) worse than places like central Oklahoma, where it's been crazy-wet.
Next week's storm system (be it rain or snow) is just starting to register on the 7-day rain total forecasts map. Nothing major just yet, but still a long ways off, so just a hint.
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