Northwest Oklahoma Still Being Hammered by Drought, After Six Months of No Significant RainfallThu, 05 Apr 2018 12:33:59 CDT
Despite some recent moisture, drought continues to hold strong in Oklahoma, particularly in the northwest part of the state. The latest Drought Monitor shows more D4 (exceptional, the worst category) drought spreading into the far western Panhandle as those areas have seen less than a quarter-inch of rain in the last 6 months.
The amount of Exceptional drought is now more than 15 percent, mostly confined to the far northwest, with little sign of relief in sight.
State Climatologist Gary McManus says a large amount of moisture will be needed when temperatures do begin to rise in the very near future, to make up for long-standing deficits.
Conditions this week remain mostly unchanged from the previous week. Currently, 58 percent of Oklahoma is under abnormally dry conditions, 47 percent under moderate drought, 42 percent in severe conditions and 34 percent in extreme drought with the aforementioned 15 percent of Oklahoma is exceptional drought.
Click here to view the latest Drought Monitor map for Oklahoma, or to review this week’s Mesonet Ticker report by McManus, click here.
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