New Episode of Southern Plains Podcast Compares Current Weather Conditions to the Drought of 2011Wed, 18 May 2022 11:03:53 CDT
If you remember the drought of 2011-15 and like reruns, the weather in the Southern Plains this summer should be right up your alley.
In this special episode of the Southern Plains Podcast, Clay Pope talks to Victor Murphy with the National Weather Service in Fort Worth, Texas about the current conditions in the region and what the forecast has in store for us moving into the summer. Spoiler alert....it looks like things could get much drier.
"Unfortunately, and it is always a horrific reference to make, but right now, being in the middle of May, we are seeing an eerie similarity to 2011 conditions across the western half of Oklahoma and most of central Texas, west Texas and also the panhandles of both states," Murphy said.
Eastern Oklahoma, Murphey said, has faired quite well with some heavy rains throughout the last couple of three weeks. In fact, Murphy added, Okmulgee received 8-9 inches of rainfall within six hours last week.
"36% of Oklahoma is in extreme to exceptional drought," Murphy said, "All of that is in the Western half of the state."
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