Oklahoma Shows All White on the Latest Drought Monitor- Versus 75% Colored with Drought/Abnormally Dry Ratings a Year AgoThu, 10 Dec 2015 13:48:04
After the second wettest November Oklahoma has ever recorded, it should come as no surprise that the Drought Monitor released on Thursday morning shows not only no drought- but also no abnormally dry ratings anywhere in the state of Oklahoma. The map above shows a totally "white" Oklahoma after just a small amount of yellow shading was left one week ago.
It's a remarkable difference compared to either the start of the calendar year or exactly one year ago- as readings from those weeks showed three fourths of the state in Drought or Abnormally Dry conditions. In face, last December, sixty two percent of the state was in at least moderate drought.
Statewide, November was the second wettest on record- and combined with May being the wettest May ever recorded in the state- 2015 is almost certainly going to have the most annual precipitation of any year for Oklahoma. According to Gary McManus, State Climatologist, "The official numbers released yesterday by NCEI indicate that November finished as the second wettest on record for Oklahoma (dating back to 1895) with a statewide average of 5.91 inches, just on the heels of November 2004's 5.97 inches. That brought the January-November statewide average to an official total of 48 inches on the dot, 13.56 inches above normal.
"Not only is that the wettest January-November on record, the 48 inches tops 1957's January-December record annual total of 47.88 inches, with 3 weeks to spare!"
McManus has lots more damp details- click here for his latest Mesonet Ticker.
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