Seventy Nine Percent of Oklahoma Remains in Drought Versus None a Year AgoThu, 09 Feb 2017 09:08:54 CST
Drought continues to grip the state of Oklahoma, with almost eighty percent of the Sooner State in Moderate Drought or worse. The latest Drought Monitor seen above is little changed from last week with less than five percent of the state's land mass showing no drought or abnormally dry conditions- that being found along the Red River- mostly in Jackson, Greer and Harmon Counties.
The worst drought ratings- also just under five percent of the state- is found along the Red River between Durant and Hugo, as well as a patch of Extreme Drought (D3) in the northern part of LeFlore, much of Haskell and portions of Sequoyah Counties.
The amount of severe to extreme drought has grown slightly in the latest week to just over thirty percent- and is actually about twenty four points less than the 55% severe to extreme drought seen as 2017 began. The rains and ice of mid January helped to improve the dryness ratings significantly in many locations since that moisture was received.
While the current drought ratings are down from the start of the year- they stand in contrast to no drought or even abnormally dry ratings which were reported at early February of 2016.
Oklahoma's State Climatologist Gary McManus goes into more detail about fire danger, the prospects for rain in the near future and more in his latest Mesonet Ticker, which you can review by clicking or tapping here.
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