Drought Update

The drought improves once again as our wet fall continues. For those of you who have been paying close attention to this map, you recall just how ugly it looked back in August when a good portion of the state was dealing with the worst drought possible. 3 months ago, EXCEPTIONAL DROUGHT conditions were being reported across 69% of the state. This week, that number has sharply declined to only 2%, which is occurring in The Panhandle. 3 months ago, 100% of the state had drought conditions being reported, this week, that number had declined to 87% of the state reporting a drought of some way, shape or form.

30 day rainfall totals have been nice with most areas around The Metro reporting around 2.50-3.50″ of rain and Southeastern Oklahoma reporting over 9 inches! Fortunately, the rain is coming at a time when the sun angle is very low, which means the amount of evaporation is much less than in the summer. And, the outlook continues to improve for the short term as another storm system looks to drop into the region for early next week.

If we were to take the weather models for their word right now, then another 1-3 inches of rain could fall from Sunday-Tuesday. Of course this forecast may change, but we’re getting the rain when we least expected it as December is the 3rd driest month of the entire year. So, whatever we’re doing, we’re doing it right and we’ll continue to see the drought improve for the short term. So far La Nina has not been living up to it’s name.

-Damon

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