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Drought concerns are increasing, especially across southern Oklahoma

by Bryan Painter Published: September 4, 2013

Drought concerns are increasing, especially across southern Oklahoma, where it was so dry during August, Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey told The Oklahoman Wednesday.

"But the elevated daytime highs we had last week and looking towards this week will continue to add to those drought stresses,” McManus said. “That’s where we see the greatest impact on soil moisture and vegetation.

Now some areas are still doing OK, like central Oklahoma, where they’ve had record rains the first eight months of the year. But the longer we go without rainfall, the more like the odds of flash drought occurring, at least while it’s still so warm."

Other weather notes:

The “Hazardous weather outlook” from the National Weather Service, Norman Forecast Office shows “No thunderstorms are expected through Tuesday with high pressure in control.”

-- Both Friday and Saturday, the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network station at Breckinridge, just east of Enid, had high temperatures of 103 degrees.

-- This morning at 6:40 that site recorded a minimum temperature for today of 53 degrees. Even though high temperatures were in triple digits early in the Labor Day weekend, here’s an indicator of the mild summer in many areas of Oklahoma. Two months ago yesterday, Breckinridge had a low of 51 degrees on July 3. Actually, that site had lows in the 50s on June 30 through July 3: 57, 56, 54 and 51, respectively.

by Bryan Painter
Assistant Local Editor
Bryan Painter, assistant local editor, has 31 years’ experience in journalism, including 22 years with the state's largest newspaper, The Oklahoman. In that time he has covered such events as the April 19, 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah...
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