February Snow = Bigger Drought

The February snows have been melted and absorbed into the ground, and despite the 18 inches plus across Central Oklahoma, the snow did little to help with the drought. The latest drought monitor (last Thursday’s rain was not included), shows that the SEVERE DROUGHT is no longer confined to the OKC Metro and is now extending southwest towards Lawton and Altus. One year ago, the state was drought free, now, the entire state is in a drought. The Keetch Byram Index, which takes into account how much rain would be necessary to bring the top layer of soil to full saturation is currently looking like this:

So, what do these numbers mean? The numbers on the left, which range from 00-800 signify how many inches of rain are necessary to saturate the soil. 800 means that you need 8 inches of rain to saturate the soul, 600, means 6 inches and 400 inches means 4 inches. This graphic here shows how lastnights rain helped southeastern Oklahoma with saturating the soil, but as a whole. there is not enough green here, and too much red and orange which means we still need about 4-6 inches of good soaking rain to help with the drought. Quick moving storms tend to help filling the area lakes than soaking into the ground.

-Damon

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