Flash Drought Threatens Oklahoma's Recovering Parched Communities Along State's BordersThu, 12 Jul 2018 11:53:18 CDT
While the Drought Monitor map this week has improved from last week, the threat of flash drought has crept up on Oklahomans residing along the south, southeast, northeast edges of the state and the western Panhandle region. Rainfall totals in the past 30 days in these areas have been nearly 200 percent or greater than normal, which has significantly improved conditions there. However, forecasts in the days ahead call for extremely dry and hot weather. State Climatologist Gary McManus says this will facilitate rapid drought development in these “hotspots,” which may degrade the progress made in recent weeks.
This week’s map shows the complete elimination of the worst category, Exceptional Drought, and a bump in the neutral “None” category from 23 percent up to 26 percent. The most significant change noted this week includes a 3-point fall in Moderate Drought from 54 to 51 percent and in Abnormally Dry conditions from 76 to 73 percent. Severe and Extreme Drought conditions remain relatively unchanged at 26 percent and 8 percent, respectively.
For a closer look at this week’s Drought Monitor, click here, or to review this week’s edition of the Mesonet Ticker newsletter, click here.
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