Drought Update

I suppose we can file this blog entry under the category of “ignore anything that has happened since Tuesday”. Why? It’s because this drought monitor, which was issued last Thursday, only takes into account the rainfall that was received up to last Tuesday. So, the weekend rains have not been tabulated in here.

Anyways, so how did the Easter rains help our drought? It turns out..a lot! Check out Eastern Oklahoma, where some areas received over a foot of rain. In this part of the state, we can now say we’re drought free. The Metro/I-35 seems to have been the dividing line for where the rain fell and where it did not. Places like Moore, Norman and Eastern Oklahoma County, the drought was lowered one category from EXTREME to SEVERE. Basically, on a scale of 1-5 with 1 being the lowest and 5 the highest, we went from a 4 to a 3. But, it’s Western Oklahoma County and Western Oklahoma that saw the drought expand and get even worse. Especially in Southwestern Oklahoma where the drought is now being called EXCEPTIONAL which is the worse you can ever have.

But, there is some good news. The rains from this past weekend did move into some regions that needed it. But, Southeastern Oklahoma benefitted the most.

The 2 day rainfall amounts in the southeast certainly are impressive and may be enough to push that part of the state to almost drought-free. But, Southwestern Oklahoma will still have drought conditions as only a few tenths of an inch was reported.



One Response

  1. When is El Nino going away??????

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