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Exceptional drought continues to grip .33 percent of the nation, including portions of southwestern Oklahoma

by Bryan Painter Published: November 15, 2013


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.




U.S. Drought Monitor forOklahoma

Statistics type:
Drought Condition (Percent Area):
Week Date Nothing D0-D4 D1-D4 D2-D4 D3-D4 D4
Current 11/12/2013 50.24 49.76 29.88 15.43 4.48 2.08
Last Week 11/5/2013 47.85 52.15 30.50 14.58 4.48 2.08
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
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  • 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.


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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