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A Portion of Northwest Oklahoma Slips Into Severe Drought- But, Rain May Be Riding to the Rescue

Thu, 14 Apr 2016 16:32:11 CDT

A Portion of Northwest Oklahoma Slips Into Severe Drought- But, Rain May Be Riding to the Rescue Oklahoma's drought conditions did not expand in area this past week- but the area in drought saw some worsening. The state has now added some severe drought pockets to its map as of Thursday morning. According to Gary McManus, State Climatologist, "We now have two areas of D2 in the state, and that's the first time we've seen "Severe" drought indicated on the OK Drought Monitor map since Oct. 27, 2015. It's still only 5% of the state, but 'tis enough. And we have 26% of the state in D1 and 36% in D0 or "Abnormally Dry" conditions." A week ago, 31.3% of the state was in moderate drought (D1) while the latest drought number for Oklahoma is 31.9%. However, a portion of that has gone downhill and includes 5% of the statewide land mass in the second tier of drought- Severe Drought (D2). The latest Drought Monitor can be seen in the graphic above.

There is a light at the end of the tunnel of dry conditions. Abundant Gulf Moisture is predicted to be rolling straight at the state of Oklahoma. McManus, in his Mesonet Ticker describe the system coming "We've been talking about this slow-moving storm approaching from the west that's going to inundate western Oklahoma with several inches of rainfall. It might have slowed down a bit more, but the rain totals are still on track to be a tad high."

McManus adds "this storm comes at a very opportune time, and it is a classic slow-mover too, with a wide open Gulf of Mexico at its disposal thanks to a rapid return of moisture, just what we've been missing for the last three months with quick moving systems with little chance for return moisture."

The latest NOAA rainfall graphic for the US is below- and you can see the rainfall totals that McManus is referring to- Sunday's coming, and for many Oklahoma farmers and ranchers in central and western Oklahoma- it can not come soon enough.


A Portion of Northwest Oklahoma Slips Into Severe Drought- But, Rain May Be Riding to the Rescue


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