Latests U.S. Drought Monitor Update Map Shows No Extreme Drought (D3) In Oklahoma For The First Time In MonthsThu, 13 Aug 2020 14:29:50 CDT
Incredible! For the first time in many months there are no red shades of extreme drought (D3) showing anywhere in Oklahoma on the latest U.S. Drought Monitor map.
In typical summer fashion, rains were hit and miss across the country, with the west and into the southern plains as well as most areas of the south mainly being missed. Fortunately, it was mostly a "hit" in the driest parts of Oklahoma and Kansas as the closest D3 category is now in southern Colorado.
Improvements in drought conditions were shown in the Oklahoma and Texas Panhandles as well as eastern Oklahoma.
The drought slowly creeped into Oklahoma beginning last fall and now it is slowly receding the past several weeks.
Today almost 67 percent of the state is free of any drought conditions, about a 7-point improvement over last week.
The biggest areas of concern still remain in Cimarron County in the far western end of the Panhandle, as well as western and southwestern Oklahoma where the majority of the moderate to severe drought categories are located.
Nationally, there was a strong derecho or inland hurricane that ripped across the Midwest with over 100 mph straight line winds damaging crops and property.
There was an expansion of severe drought in both western and eastern Nebraska, expansion of moderate drought and abnormally dry conditions in central Nebraska.
There was some improvement of abnormally dry conditions in southeast Kansas.
Click here to view the Oklahoma drought map update.
Click here to view the U.S. drought map update.
Looking ahead for the next 5 to 7 days, much of the western U.S. will remain dry as an active weather pattern moves across the central and southeastern areas.
Click here to view the 7-day precipitation forecast.
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.
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