Spotty Improvement Seen in Drought Conditions Across Oklahoma in One of State's Warmest MaysThu, 24 May 2018 13:13:37 CDT
Improvement where improvement has been made in the last 30 days, is easy to see in this week’s Drought Monitor, according to State Climatologist Gary McManus. But just as glaring, are the areas in which no improvement was made in the condition of drought-stricken locations across the state.
Harper County fared the best, says McManus, with a 2-category reduction over the last two weeks, and now much of southwestern Oklahoma is also reduced from "Exceptional" to "Extreme" (or D4
to D3) drought. However, concerns are rising for the southeastern part of the state where rains have been absent for some time now. Nonetheless, even the driest parts of our state including Cimarron County, have received between a half-inch to 2.5 inches of rain in recent days.
Roughly a two to three percent drop was seen across the board this week compared to last with the Exceptional Drought area of Oklahoma falling to 14%; Extreme conditions fell to 31%; Severe down to 40%; Moderate to 45% and Abnormally dry conditions cover approximately 53% of the state, currently.
McManus says forecasts call for some chances of showers here and there over the next week thanks to some tropical storms down south. In the meantime, though, he says Oklahoma is in for more extreme temperatures making this month a contender for the warmest May on record.
Take a look at this week’s Drought Monitor Map by clicking here or to read the latest edition of the Mesonet Ticker newsletter by McManus, click here.
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