Latest Drought Monitor Shows Seventy Five Percent of Oklahoma in Drought as 2017 Closes OutThu, 28 Dec 2017 19:10:27 CST
Southeastern Oklahoma has received some rainfall in recent days- and that has lessened the level of drought in that part of the state of Oklahoma. However, northwestern counties have continued dry- and the result is that now three fourths of Oklahoma is in at least D1 Drought or worse as we end 2017. The 75% drought total is up from 65% a week earlier- as seen in the Weekly Drought Monitor map above.
Minimal precipitation is in the forecast for the next few days while arctic air will roll into Oklahoma- and the cold wind chills will envelope all of the state by Monday morning- January first.
Wind chills could go as low as fourteen below in the Bartlesville area according to the Tulsa National Weather Service Office- while the Oklahoma City office sees wind chills to zero in Durant and two below in Ardmore that same morning.
The map below captures what the NWS office in Oklahoma City is currently thinking.
According to State Climatologist Gary McManus, he is "remaining mindful that there is a winter wheat crop out there that still needs a drink of water despite being in its semi-dormant state" and that there is little moisture on the horizon in the immediate future.
Click or tap here to take a look at the complete Mesonet Ticker assembled by McManus on Thursday afternoon.
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