By Gary McManus, state climatologist, Oklahoma Climatological Survey:
“All this wind comes on top of a worsening drought situation across much of Oklahoma, doing further damage to crops and topsoil moisture.
“The newest U.S. Drought Monitor map released this morning shows yet another spread of Abnormally Dry (D0) drought conditions across the state.
“The total of *actual* drought (D1-D4) stayed the same at 47.4%, but the coverage of at least D0 designation jumped from 71.07% to 80.16 percent.
“It’s a rather ominous message to receive during the cool season as that same statistic was 49.81% three months ago (11/19/2013). Drought (D1-D4) covered 30.97% of the state at that same time.
“The statewide average total of 2.62″ over the last 90 days is the 7th driest since 1921, 2.89″ below normal.
“For north central (1.07″, 2.61″ below normal) and the northeast (2.02″, 4.26″ below normal), it’s their 5th- and 2nd-driest such periods back to 1921, respectively.”