Oklahoma’s Drought Status

The two maps below represent the ongoing drought across parts of the U.S. Oklahoma received rainfall in late April and early May, which went a long ways to help reduce drought conditions. The most substantial rainfall occurred across the eastern parts of the area, but it is a relative issue. Western Oklahoma gets 10-20 inches of rain per year with eastern Oklahoma 40+ inches.

With the lack of rainfall the past few weeks, drought conditions have started to worsen. These two maps are posted as a comparison. The first map is the current drought status for the U.S. and the second map is a week prior. You’ll note that Texas saw the drought status increase to D1 across central parts. In Oklahoma there wasn’t much of a change, but you can bet that won’t be the case in a few more weeks if the dry conditions continue.

While we are still in the wet season for Oklahoma, May seems likely to finish below normal with Oklahoma City receiving 1.19 inches of rain while the normal as of today is 4.13 inches. All is not lost as June can be a wet month for the region as was the case in 2004.

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About Putnam Reiter

Putnam has been storm chasing since 1990 and is a co-founder of Hook-Echo.com. For his day job, Putnam works in emergency management for information technology.
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