Drought Expands- Now at Almost Twenty Percent Across OklahomaThu, 31 Mar 2016 20:49:51 CDT
Drought continues to expand in Oklahoma, as you can see in the graphic above. The latest Drought Monitor shows that almost twenty percent of Oklahoma now sits in Moderate Drought, the lowest level of drought measured by Uncle Sam. Another 39% of Oklahoma has abnormally dry conditions, which is almost twice as much land mass in the abnormally dry status as just one week ago.
Oklahoma does remain in much better shape than a year ago, when over 68% of the state was in moderate or worse drought- and over 37% of the state was in extreme to exceptional drought as we ended March in 2015.
The worry remains that the areas that are the driest in the state have little chance for rain anytime soon- in fact the next seven days look dry as a bone statewide- the graphic below tells that story.
State Climatologist Gary McManus talks about the latest Drought Monitor, where we are in the hunt for a wet April and an overview of the tornados that happened in northeastern Oklahoma on Wednesday- click here to read his latest blog posting.
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