Weekend Rains Did Little to Dent Drought Conditions in Oklahoma- Latest Drought Monitor Maintains 47.44 Percent of State in DroughtThu, 26 Apr 2018 10:04:45 CDT
Drought conditions remain across the northwestern half of Oklahoma- with just under twenty percent of the state(northwest and the Panhandle) remain in the exceptional Drought category. The areas that were a part of the huge wildfires this month are in extreme to mostly exceptional drought.
The latest numbers show that Oklahoma has 42.23 percent of the state not in drought, ten percent abnormally dry and 47.44% in some level of drought- all of those numbers were little changed from last week.
According to the latest Drought Monitor report, "A striking contrast between drought and non-drought areas persisted in a southwest-to-northeast oriented band stretching across north-central Texas and central Oklahoma. Rain provided modest drought relief in Oklahoma and northern Texas, but did not reach most of the region’s other drought-affected areas.
"By April 22, the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicated that topsoil moisture was rated 67% very short to short in Texas and 53% very short to short in Oklahoma. The value in Oklahoma represented a 19-point improvement from the previous week’s value of 72% very short to short. The southern Plains’ rain also aided wildfire containment efforts. Through April 24, U.S. year-to-date wildfires had consumed 0.96 million acres of vegetation, compared to the 10-year average of 0.85 million acres, according to the National Interagency Fire Center. "
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