Heat Dome Over Oklahoma Doing Little to Help State's Expanding Drought Situation This WeekThu, 19 Jul 2018 12:35:27 CDT
Oklahoma’s recent heat advisory this week has done little to help the expanding drought situation in the state, according to State Climatologist Gary McManus in his latest Mesonet Ticker newsletter. Currently, Oklahoma is facing the intensifying drought on three fronts, from the northeast, the southeast and across to the southwest parts of the state.
The forecast for the coming week offers no help, but McManus is cautiously optimistic some relief may appear the following week. But, to keep things in perspective, McManus also points out that it is presently the hottest part of the year and the driest part of the warm season, so expectations should be limited. Further into August, McManus says the long-term forecast calls for more above normal temperatures and below normal precipitation. That pattern is expected to continue into October, which does not bode well for the outlook on drought, particularly for the eastern half of the state.
According to this week’s Drought Monitor, only minor changes have been reported although for the worse. Severe Drought in the state rose nearly three points since last week from 26.91 to 29.51 percent and Extreme Drought climbed just moderately from 8.81 to 9.04 percent.
Click here for a closer look at this week’s Drought Monitor Map or click here to read this week’s Mesonet Ticker newsletter in full.
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