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Drought in Southwestern Oklahoma Expands in Latest Oklahoma Drought Monitor- But Rains Could Ride to the Rescue by the End of the Weekend

Thu, 09 Aug 2018 21:18:39 CDT

Drought in Southwestern Oklahoma Expands in Latest Oklahoma Drought Monitor- But Rains Could Ride to the Rescue by the End of the Weekend Drought in southwestern Oklahoma expands in latest Oklahoma Drought Monitor- but there is hope that Mother Nature will consider the Exceptional Drought now found in the southern most counties in the southwest segment of the state as a perfect target for heavy rains this weekend and into early next week.

According to the latest Mesonet Ticker prepared by Gary McManus- "The D4 drought intensity showing up this week is the first substantial amount in the state since mid-June. Now it's only a tiny amount, but it's concentrated in one area, signalling misery for ag producers in that corner. Notice we also have a new area of Extreme (D3) drought in the Osage/Pawnee/Noble county area, with more tales of woe coming from that region.   

"So you have extreme/exceptional drought, it's August, you think you're hosed by the Syndicate...errrr, I mean "summer," correct? Well no! In this case, we're headed towards another August 2017 it would appear, with lost of below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation. In fact, thanks to a cut-off upper- level low pressure system likely to form in the TX Panhandle, relief for SW OK is possible as early as THIS WEEKEND. A cut-off low is often known as "meteorologist's woe" since it's not being steered by any sort of atmospheric flow. So as it meanders around, it can often move erratically. But as it bounces slowly around like a drunken junebug, it will be able to tap into deep, Gulf moisture and pump it up over Oklahoma. All you need are a few storm triggers and vwalla (I can't spell voilą), you have heavy rains, clouds and very non-August temperatures."

The Drought Monitor Above shows the D4 impacting mostly Harmon, Jackson and Tillman Counties- and a small part of Kiowa County also falls into that category. 2.55% of the state is now in Exceptional Drought- three months ago, we had over 23% of Oklahoma in the D4 category.

To read all of the latest blog from State Climatologist Gary McManus- click or tap here. Included in his on line monologue- he rates the chances for drought busting rain over this coming weekend and early into next week.



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