The Latest U.S. Drought Monitor Map Shows More Warm, Dry Weather for OklahomaThu, 02 Sep 2021 11:18:10 CDT
Despite the latest U.S. Drought Monitor report showing widespread improvements across parts of the Great Plains, Oklahoma saw conditions worsen.
The West continues to battle drought, with 90% of the region categorized as “in drought,” according to the report.
Eastern parts of Kansas, Nebraska and the Dakotas felt some relief from drought conditions due to heavy rainfall. The inverse is true for western areas of those states. North Dakota’s pasture and range conditions were rated 83% poor to very poor and South Dakota’s same conditions, 84% poor to very poor. This summer has been one of the driest in the history of the Dakotas on record, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report.
The report shows the mid and southern Great Plains continued to be dry and warm.
To view the Contiguous U.S. drought map, click here.
Looking ahead, moderate-to-heavy precipitation is expected across areas of the northern and central Great Plains. At the same time, below-normal precipitation is expected in areas east of the Continental Divide, extending across the Great Plains down to the Southeastern U.S. In the West, monsoonal showers are expected across isolated areas of Arizona, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah, with the heaviest accumulations expected in southern New Mexico.
To view the 6-to-10-day precipitation outlook, click here.
Temperatures are expected to be higher than normal for this time of year for much of the United States.
To view the 6-to-10-day temperature outlook, click here.
In the next month drought conditions are expected to persist in the West and the western halves of the Dakotas, areas of Kansas, western Nebraska, northwest Oklahoma and the Texas panhandle also.
To view the U.S. Monthly Drought Outlook map, click here.
Drought conditions worsened in Oklahoma, with new areas of the state showing abnormally dry conditions. 6.61% of the state is currently in moderate or worse drought conditions, up from 4.74% a week ago. The Monthly Drought Outlook report shows drought development is likely for western and central parts of the state. In northwestern Oklahoma, drought conditions have worsened and are expected to persist.
Despite drought conditions worsening in the state, they are nowhere near the 25% drought conditions Oklahoma was experiencing at the start of 2021.
According to the report, Oklahomans can expect a probability of higher-than-normal temperatures and lower-than-normal precipitation in the next 6 to 10 days.
To view the Oklahoma drought map, click here.
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