Drought Ticks Upwards for Oklahoma, Despite Recent RainsThu, 11 Dec 2014 16:47:22 CST
Drought continues to linger across much of Oklahoma. This week's drought monitor report released Thursday showed drought increased across northwestern, southwestern and southern Oklahoma. The recent rains had little effect with more than 62 percent of the state in moderate to exceptional drought. That's up slightly from last week's report with 60.29 percent of the state receiving a drought designation. More than 1.4 million Oklahomans continue to be affected by the drought. A year ago this week 38 percent of the state was received a moderate to exceptional (D1- D4) drought rating.
Oklahoma Climatologist Gary McManus said over the last 90 days statewide conditions have been very dry. In his weekly Oklahoma Climatological Survey Mesonet Ticker report, McManus reported nearly all areas of the state are below normal for precipitation since mid-September. Based on a statewide average this was the 35th driest September 12 - December 10 since at least 1921. Drought remains the most intense in the southwestern corner of the state. In parts of western Oklahoma he said less than three inches of precipitation has been recorded since September. Even north central Oklahoma was nearly three inches below normal and that was the 22nd driest for the same period.
Looking ahead the News 9 weather team is forecasting areas of drizzle Friday and Saturday with the best chance this Sunday with showers and thunderstorms likely in the afternoon and evening. The 9-day weather forecast shows a chance of rain returning next week Wednesday through Friday. Rain is possible Wednesday with increased chances on Thursday and by Friday precipitation chances continue with a chance for a wintry mix entering the picture.
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