From Bad to Worse

I feel like this has been a broken record story that we blog about every week. And here we go again… with another week, and another story about the drought getting even worse.  EXTREME DROUGHT status has now spread into Oklahoma City and SW towards Lawton. As a matter of fact, the last 120 days, according to the Oklahoma Mesonet have now been the driest on record for Central and Southwestern Oklahoma. The average rainfall/snowmelt for Central Oklahoma during this period is about 2.42 inches, or a deficit of 5.88 inches. Southwestern Oklahoma has only averaged .76 inches, or a deficit of 5.09 inches and Oklahoma City has averaged 2.35 inches, or a deficit of 4.94 inches.

Sadly, the outlook for long term soaking rain is not looking good for now. Though, there are signs that La Nina is weakening, which would be great news in helping get our rainfall totals back up, but the effects may not be most pronounched until next winter.

-Damon

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