Flash Drought Expands- Twenty Eight Percent of Oklahoma Now in Drought- the Latest GraphicFri, 16 Oct 2015 05:31:36 CDT
Drought continues to expand across the southern parts of Oklahoma- and according to State Climatologist Gary McManus, "Today's release of the U.S. Drought Monitor shows the ugly truth. Nearly the entire southern 1/5th of the state is now in severe drought." You can see what McManus is referring to in the Graphic above.
In his October 15th Mesonet Ticker blog, he adds "More than 28% of the state is now in drought, and increasing each week as we bake in not only above normal temperatures, but temperatures 15-20+ degrees greater than normal."
McManus does say the Cold Front that is working its way across Oklahoma has brought a little rain, but not a lot to areas that need it the most. And- there is a chance of more moisture and moderating temperatures in the next few days.
Actual rainfall amounts as the front has worked through has been rather light, unless you live right around Cheyenne, where 1.4 inches of rain fell. The map below shows the rainfall totals for the past 24 hours, as of 5:30 AM Friday. To watch rainfall amounts in realtime, click here for the 24 hour accumulation map on the Oklahoma Mesonet website.
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