Oklahoma optimism is High as 91% of the State remains Drought free According to the latest Drought MonitorThu, 22 Jul 2021 16:09:42 CDT
Active weather prevailed across much of the South, East, and Midwest, as well as parts of the Plains, into the middle of July, followed by a southward shift in widespread shower activity. Meanwhile, a robust monsoon circulation provided limited Southwestern drought relief, particularly in parts of Arizona, New Mexico, and southwestern Colorado. Farther north and west, however, little or no rain fell in California, the Great Basin, and the Northwest, where dozens of wildfires were in various stages of containment.
Smoke and other particulate matter from those fires carried downwind at various atmospheric levels, producing hazy skies and reducing air quality—in some cases thousands of miles from the points of origin. Dry weather extended eastward across the nation’s northern tier as far east as Lake Superior, while heavy rain eased or eradicated drought in the remainder of the Great Lakes region, along with the Northeast.
In the driest areas of the northern and western United States, drought’s impact on water supplies, as well as rangeland, pastures, and a variety of crops, was further amplified by ongoing heat. Weekly temperatures averaged as much as 10°F above normal from the interior Northwest to the northern High Plains. On July 19, temperatures as high as 110°F were reported in eastern Montana. Another pocket of hot weather was centered over the middle Atlantic States. In contrast, near- or slightly below-normal temperatures dominated the Plains, Midwest, and South.
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In Oklahoma, optimism is high as 91 percent of the state remains drought free.and only 1% in the Abnormally dry category. This compares to 41 percent one year ago.
8.55% of the area in Woods, Alflafa, Woodward, Harper, Major, Beaver, & Ellis county is experiencing Abnormally Dry Condidtions, with portions of Woodward, Major, Alfalfa, & Woods Counties experiencing some Moderate drought.
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Looking ahead to next week, temperatures are predicted to warm up with temperatures in the upper 90's and lots of sunshine.
To view the new seasonal drought outlook map, click here.
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