Oklahoma Back to Being Drought-Free After Record Rainfall in November, Gary McManus ExplainsThu, 03 Dec 2015 15:51:33 CST
Oklahoma is currently free from drought, thanks to its wettest November on record. State Climatologist Gary McManus said Oklahoma officially ended the month with 5.99 inches of rain. That's the most rain received in a November since 1895.
In addition to the Sooner state being free from drought, the latest U.S. Drought Monitor shows only 14.19 percent of the state suffering from abnormally dry conditions.
Widespread precipitation in the form of rain and freezing rain in the last week improved soil moisture conditions and enhanced streamflow activity. McManus attributed the extra precipitation to extremely strong El Nino temperatures in the Pacific Ocean. He said this has created a warmer-than-normal temperature pattern across much of the northern U.S. that might mean more rain events for Oklahoma as opposed to snow events throughout the remainder of the winter season.
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