Drought Hangs on by a Thread in OK as One of the Wettest Octobers on Record Comes and GoesThu, 01 Nov 2018 11:22:06 CDT
According to preliminary data from the Oklahoma Mesonet, October finished with a statewide average of 6.78 inches of rainfall making this October the sixth wettest since records began in 1985 with a surplus of 3.24 inches. Combined with the abundant moisture of the previous two months, the Mesonet’s August-October total jumped to 16.01 inches, 6.05 inches above normal to rank as the fifth wettest August-October on record for Oklahoma.
As a result of the wet August-October period, nearly all drought across the state has been eradicated. Drought dropped from 55 percent of the state at the beginning of August to less than 2 percent at the end of October, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor.
Far northeast Oklahoma retained the last vestiges of drought as significant deficits there have continued since October 2017.
The November outlooks from the Climate Prediction Center indicate increased odds of below normal temperatures for all but the far western Panhandle, and above normal precipitation across the entire state. That results in a November drought outlook with complete drought removal likely in northeastern Oklahoma, and no new development across the rest of the state.
For a closer look at this week’s Drought Monitor map, click here, or to review the latest Mesonet Ticker report from State Climatologist Gary McManus, click here.
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