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


Agricultural News

Drought Relief Continues Moving West Across Oklahoma

Thu, 07 Aug 2014 16:28:36 CDT

Drought Relief Continues Moving West Across Oklahoma

Getting a wetter than normal summer is bringing drought relief to Oklahoma. The state's drought ratings were cut nearly in half in the most severe drought ratings over the last week, a culmination of the ongoing summer moisture. In the weekly US Drought Monitor report released Thursday, Oklahoma saw improvement in all drought categories with 2.63 percent in exceptional drought (D4), 16.74 is in extreme drought (D3), 48.08 is in severe (D2), 72.56 is in moderate (D1), 83.5 percent was abnormally dry and 16.5 percent did not receive a drought rating.

That's a vast improvement over the last three months when 28.85 percent was in exceptional drought, 48.86 percent in extreme, 65.94 in severe, 80.65 in moderate, 93.33 abnormally dry and 6.67 was not classified in a drought rating.   

In the weekly Oklahoma Climatological Survey Mesonet Ticker, State Climatologist Gary McManus said most of the drought impacts we see now are longterm impacts, such as surface water deficits, deeper soil moisture deficits and ground water levels. The effect of the drought continues to linger across western Oklahoma where lakes are still below 50% of normal capacity.

Oklahoma has been dealing with deficits of 20-30 inches since the beginning of the drought in October 2010, and also from the beginning of this year. The state experienced a deficit of close to five inches from January one to August sixth, as the 19th driest since at least 1921. McManus said this is definitely a longterm drought impact needing a longterm drought remedy.

Looking at the weather outlook, CPC was still showing hints of cooler and wetter than normal weather 8-14 days weather outlook. McManus said if we can get that we'll keep drought at bay as we go through August.

The long term weather forecast shows the chances of getting a El Nino weather pattern is getting less certain. McMansus said the new ENSO (El Nino/Southern Oscillation) outlook from CPC now has the odds of an El Nino event forming for this cool season at around 65%, and the chances for a strong event are now very low. The CPC ENSO update said at this time the consensus of forecasters expect El Nino to emerge during August - October and to peak at weak strength during the late fall and early winter.



WebReadyTM Powered by WireReady® NSI


Top Agricultural News

  • Oklahoma Grain Elevator Cash Bids as of 2:00 p.m. Friday April 3, 2020  Sat, 04 Apr 2020 16:32:49 CDT
  • Friday, April 3, 2020 Market Wrap-Up with Justin Lewis  Fri, 03 Apr 2020 15:39:59 CDT
  • Global Changes Could Impact U.S. Farmers' Spring Planting Intentions Says USDA Chief Economist Rob Johansson  Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:30:08 CDT
  • Despite Global Challenges, U.S. Pork and Beef Exports on Record Pace through February  Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:07:52 CDT
  • USDA Adds Additional Flexibilities for Crop Insurance to Support America’s Farmers and Ranchers  Fri, 03 Apr 2020 13:18:47 CDT
  • Coronavirus Impact Ripples Across Farm Country  Fri, 03 Apr 2020 14:15:59 CDT
  • *Deadline Extended* OKFB Accepting Applications for $1,000 Scholarships  Fri, 03 Apr 2020 11:39:47 CDT
  • National Sorghum Producers to Open Board Director Applications  Fri, 03 Apr 2020 10:17:47 CDT

  • More Headlines...


    Ron salutes our daily email sponsors!

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

    Our Road to Rural Prosperity sponsors!


    Search OklahomaFarmReport.com

    © 2008-2020 Oklahoma Farm Report
    Email Ron   |   Newsletter Signup   |    Current Spots   |    Program Links

    WebReady powered by WireReady® Inc.