Drought Slowly Intensifying Across Southern Oklahoma in Rainfall's AbsenceThu, 12 Sep 2019 12:22:09 CDT
Oklahoma has waited some ten days or so since it last had some good rainfall across the state. Those dry conditions coupled with above normal temperatures, according to State Climatologist Gary McManus, has kept pressure on the existing moisture supply. McManus says the effects of this pattern have manifested in the strengthening of drought throughout the southern half of the state, as illustrated in the latest Drought Monitor Map.
“Extreme Drought” conditions climbed slightly this week compared to last from 2.01% to 2.82%. “Severe Drought” conditions rose moderately up about two points from 5.19% last week to 7.52% this week. “Moderate Drought” and “Abnormally Dry” conditions shared the most dramatic change this week, each jumping nearly five points from the week prior at 19.17% and 39.79%, respectively.
The latest outlook from the Climate Prediction Center suggests drought will persist in south central Oklahoma during the remainder of September, but some improvement is expected farther to the west. Forecasts this week indicate possible precipitation events across northern Oklahoma arriving Thursday evening offering a one-day respite from the recent heat and humidity.
Click here, for a closer look at this week's Drought Monitor Map or to review the latest Mesonet Ticker Report from McManus, click here.
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