Drought Monitor Shows Further Expansion- Now Thirty One Percent of State in Moderate DroughtThu, 07 Apr 2016 10:10:21 CDT
Oklahoma drought conditions continue to expand week by week- and the expansion of moderate drought in the past seven days has been dramatic. The latest Drought Monitor released on Thursday morning(see the graphic above) shows more than a fifty percent expansion in the Moderate Drought level (D1) for the state of Oklahoma as a whole, with 31% of Oklahoma now in Drought- versus 19.88% one week ago.
State Climatologist Gary McManus says of this latest Monitor "So we now have 31% of the state in Moderate Drought, and an additional 42% of the state in Abnormally Dry conditions, and those are quickly going to be transformed into the Moderate Drought category if we don't get rain soon."
Rain is forecast Sunday into Monday- and the driest areas of Oklahoma do have a chance of getting some of the forecasted rain. The graphic below shows the latest national rain outlook for the next few days, including what is possible in Oklahoma.
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