January Shaping Up as One of the Driest on Record, Climatologist SaysThu, 16 Jan 2014 16:14:46 CST
Dry conditions are spreading east across Oklahoma as seen in the latest Drought Monitor report. The amount of actual drought is the same as last week, but the Abnormally Dry category expanded east covering Oklahoma City and Tulsa.
Oklahoma still has 38 percent of the state in at least moderate (D1-D4) drought and only 19 percent in at least severe drought, but their percentage of at least Abnormally Dry (D0-D4) went from 49 percent to 65 percent.
There were rainstorms in early August and even during September, and the rain and snow during November and December, but for a large part of the I-44 corridor to the northwest there has been a whole lot of cold, dreary nothing, says Associate State Climatologist Gary McManus.
What's coming up next? McManus says more dry weather and occasional cold fronts that kick up the fire danger at least through the rest of January. The 8-14 day outlooks show increased odds of below-normal precipitation.
Climate outlooks for February through April show increased odds of above-normal temperatures and equal chances of above, below and normal precipitation.
If no more rain falls in January, Oklahoma will finish with an average of 0.28" of rainfall for the month, which would make it the 7th driest January on record.
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