Drought Creeps Up Across SE Oklahoma as Panhandle Anticipates Heavy Rain Event Next WeekThu, 14 Jun 2018 14:12:29 CDT
Oklahoma State Climatologist Gary McManus reports this week in his Mesonet Ticker newsletter that the state’s Panhandle can expect a significant rain event in the coming days. According to his report, remnants of tropical storm Bud coming up over the eastern Intermountain West, a tropical wave down off the Yucatan moving slowly to the west-northwest, and a ridge of high pressure sitting over the southeast are all combining in a way that will likely trigger showers and storms across northwest Oklahoma.
McManus adds that the tropical wave and the western edge of the high-pressure ridge will act to funnel copious amounts of low-level moisture into the High Plains and the rest of the state. This moisture will arrive just in time to suppress drought that continues to leach into these affected areas.
According to McManus, southeastern Oklahoma now has a large portion of moderate drought painted across it, and much of the eastern half now has at least "abnormally dry" conditions, while the "exceptional drought" area has shrunk even more in the northwest. This week the Drought Monitor indicates some moderate changes in drought ratings this week compared to last. The most dramatic change is seen in the “abnormally dry” category climbing to 80 percent this week, up from 68 percent. Moderate drought ticked up 4 points from last week to 50 percent. Severe drought ratcheted down in the current report by 5 points to 35 percent. Extreme drought is down this week, too, as is exceptional drought at 23 percent and 2 percent respectively.
For a closer look at this week’s Drought Monitor, click here, or to review McManus’ latest edition of the Mesonet Ticker, click here.
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