Drought Worsens Across Oklahoma Even as Chances of Rain Begin to IncreaseThu, 22 May 2014 14:52:22 CDT
Ahead of any forecast rains that may-or may not-arrive across much of Oklahoma this weekend, this week’s U.S. Drought Monitor map shows drought conditions worsening. Hot, windy weather continued to take its toll on soil moisture, and the state’s wheat and canola crops.
Each category of drought expanded last week with 61 percent of the state experiencing extreme drought conditions. Thirty-four percent of Oklahoma is experiencing exceptional drought and more than 81 percent is at least in the moderate category.
That 61 percent region of at least extreme drought is the highest total in the state since March 5, 2013, as the horribly dry conditions of May 2012-January 2013 were starting to fade with heavy rainfall.
The Climate Prediction Center is forecasting above-average chances for above-normal precipitation for the next six to ten days across the entire state.
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