Gary McManus and His Ticker Reports Extreme Drought Sneaks Into McCurtain County in Little DixieThu, 24 Sep 2015 15:36:42 CDT
Extreme Drought has returned to Oklahoma- at least in one tiny corner of the state. According to Oklahoma State Climatologist Gary McManus, "Make no mistake about it, the flash drought plaguing parts of the state right now continues to intensify, especially across Southeastern Oklahoma. For the first time since May 12th, that awful red color (that one was for OSU fans) has appeared in the state in McCurtain County." That red you see above in the southeastern corner of Oklahoma stands for Extreme Drought, one step below the worst driught designation of Exceptional Drought.
McManus goes on to say in his latest Ticker "Granted, it's a mere 0.69% of the state, but its appearance does not bode well for the coming week or so as summer takes hold once again. That summer heat dome that should have shown signs of fading away is going to intensify once again and move over the Southern Plains. The ArkLaTex region up through NorthWest Oklahoma will continue to feel the effects."
You will notice that the total amount of drought declined in Oklahoma this week versus one week ago- with just under eleven percent of the state now in drought- versus fifteen percent one week ago. And- the state is in far better shape here in late September versus this time in 2014 when 69% of Oklahoma was in at least moderate drought or worse.
Regarding McCurtain County- the current home of extreme drought in Oklahoma- McManus reports "Idabel has received 1.9 inches of rain since June 27th, Nearly 8 inches below normal."
Speaking of rainfall, northwestern Oklahoma got a small amount of precipitation overnight and early this morning- Cimarron County checking in with about sixth tenths of an inch for both Kenton and Boise City- and Freedom, in Woods County, topped nine tenths as the wettest spot for today in Oklahoma. Little rainfall is predicted for the next week anywhere in the state.
Back to the latest Ticker- McManus adds that the above normal temperatures in September are likely to continue for the balance of the month- and the early days of October look about the same. The graphic below shows that next Thursday- as we usher in October- chances are very good we will be above normal temperature wise and will stay that way for at least the first week of the month.
To read and view all of the latest graphics lined up by Gary McManus- click here.
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