Rains improve drought outlook
for parts of Oklahoma
The U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday shows that 33.47 percent of Oklahoma is in extreme to exceptional drought, down from 36.44 last week and 94.89 percent at the start of the year. Overall, 82 percent of the state remained in some level of drought. Those statistics take into account rains as ofTuesday, so this is in part a reflection of last week's rainfall, said Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.
Storms this week brought about 6.5 inches of rainto Medicine Park and4.5 to 5 inches at Apache and Shawnee, according to readings atOklahoma Mesonet weather network sites. However, a majority of the areas in extreme to exceptionaldrought received anywhere from no rain to less than a half inch of rain. Those areas are mainly in northern Oklahoma and western portions of the state, as well as the Panhandle.
From staff reports