Latest Drought Monitor Shows Over Forty Percent of Oklahoma Remains in Moderate Drought or Abnormally DryFri, 07 Jul 2017 03:28:30 CDT
Drought conditions have hung on across portions of Oklahoma- despite widespread early July rains. According to Gary McManus, Oklahoma Claimatologist, "most of the heavy rains fell in areas that weren't in the flash drought area. The question for areas like central Oklahoma is...did 2" of rain end two-month deficits of more than 8 inches? Well, the Drought Monitor didn't think so."
Based on the latest Drought Monitor seen above, over thirty three percent of Oklahoma remains abnormally dry and just over another ten percent is in D1, or moderate drought. That includes the Oklahoma City metro, a pocket of southern Oklahoma along the Red River adjacent to Lake Texoma, several counties bordering the Texas Panhandle in west central Oklahoma and a good bit of Beaver County.
McManus says of the rains from just before the Fourth of July- the rain received simply was not able to push out drought conditions that have moved in during May and June- "there were also lots of areas across central and western OK that didn't improve at all, and even some areas (yellow) where it got worse."
McManus adds that while there is rain in the forecast for this weekend- things don't look real promising in taking the wind out of the sails of this drought.
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