The U.S. Drought Monitor report released this week, shows that .33 percent of the nation is in exceptional drought, the worst category. Included, are areas of southwestern Oklahoma.
And for many of those individuals and communities, the drought has been far more on than off since about October 2010.
But even if you look at totals for Oklahoma Mesonet stations in the last 365 days, it is evident how little precipitation has been recorded at some of those sites. For example, the Mesonet at Hollis has recorded 14.6 inches in the last 365 days, while Altus has had only 15.7 inches and Tipton, 17.4 inches.
Some additional portions of southwest Oklahoma are in extreme drought. And extreme drought can be found in sections of the Panhandle. Again, although the drought has been long-term, a look at the last 365 days is an indicator of what they are facing. Goodwell has had 12.6 inches of rain in the last 365 days while Hooker, Okla. has had 14.9 percent in that span.
|3 Months Ago||8/13/2013||49.40||50.60||32.98||22.62||12.57||0.19|
|Start of Calendar Year||1/1/2013||0.00||100.00||100.00||100.00||94.89||37.06|
|Start of Water Year||10/1/2013||21.74||78.26||43.00||17.62||4.42||1.45|
|One Year Ago||11/13/2012||0.00||100.00||100.00||99.53||71.70||31.93|
- D0 – Abnormally Dry
- D1 – Moderate Drought
- D2 – Severe Drought
- D3 – Extreme Drought
- D4 – Exceptional Drought
The Drought Monitor focuses on broad-scale conditions. Local conditions may vary. See accompanying text summary for forecast statements.