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Severe Drought Expands in Oklahoma Panhandle

Thu, 09 Apr 2020 14:38:53 CDT

Severe Drought Expands in Oklahoma Panhandle A close look at the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map shows severe drought is expanding in the northwest Oklahoma Panhandle. Cimarron County is now almost entirely engulfed in moderate to severe drought. The severe drought is starting to slowly creep into Texas County as about one-third of that county is now rated abnormally dry to severe drought.

The photo accompanyiing this story was shot in Cimarron County.

There continues to be a small pocket of abnormally dry in Greer County, but this area has decreased during the past several weeks.

Statewide, the total landmass in severe drought has expanded from less than 1 percent last week to 2.27 percent this week. Three months ago, the total area in severe drought was 3.64 percent and the total area rated abnormally dry was 23.74 percent, compared to 4.53 percent today.

There is no extreme or exceptional drought anywhere in Oklahoma today.

Looking ahead to the next 7 days, the National Weather Service precipitation map does not show much relief for the Oklahoma Panhandle.

Elsewhere, drought-related conditions deteriorated in southwestern Kansas, south-central Colorado and along the Gulf Coast region.

The U.S. Drought Monitor Map is developed through a partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Click here for the latest Drought Monitor Map of Oklahoma.

Click here for the national drought monitor map.



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