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Recent Rains Wash Away Drought Conditions in the State During the 7th Wettest August on Record

Thu, 17 Aug 2017 12:23:20 CDT

Recent Rains Wash Away Drought Conditions in the State During the 7th Wettest August on Record Oklahoma’s State Climatologist Gary McManus recently released the Drought Monitor report for this week. According to it, the latest precipitation accumulated over the past 7 days has essentially wiped out drought conditions in the state, leaving behind only abnormally dry conditions across approximately 14 percent of the state. The dry areas are mostly concentrated near the central Northwest quadrant of the state.

Roughly, 18 percent of the state last week was categorized in moderate to severe drought condition, with nearly 41 percent in abnormally dry condition. This week’s report shows that range has been narrowed considerably.

The statewide average rainfall total now stands at 5.47 inches according to the Oklahoma Mesonet, making this the seventh wettest August on record since 1895. And the chances for rain aren't over, McManus says. The threat of severe weather is expected to return soon with and bringing with it, another 1 to 2 inches of rainfall for the state.

Check out the latest Drought Monitor graphic on the Oklahoma Mesonet website, here.



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