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Drought Expands Into the Oklahoma Panhandle- Now Eight Percent of State in Moderate Drought

Thu, 17 Mar 2016 09:55:23 CDT

Drought Expands Into the Oklahoma Panhandle- Now Eight Percent of State in Moderate Drought Drought has invaded the Oklahoma Panhandle, according to the latest Drought Monitor. According to Gary McManus, State Climatologist, "That's right, we're now up to 8% of the state in moderate drought, and 34% in at least abnormally dry (D0) conditions. And the divide between the NW and SE is fairly stark."

McManus says there has been a lot of rain in Little Dixie and virtually nothing in the northwest quadrant of the state. "We've already seen the 7th wettest Feb. 16-March 16 vs. the 15th driest Panhandle region since at least 1921. And it has been more than 90 days since parts of NW OK have seen at least a quarter-inch in a single day."

The drought that is now in place includes the small area in Roger Mills and Ellis Counties that was in moderate drought last week and now includes most of Cimarron and Texas Counties and a piece of Beaver County.

To read the latest Mesonet Ticker, authored by McManus, click here.



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