Wet places are wetter, dry places get drier and big rains get bigger, Arndt said.
Calling drought an issue of supply and demand, he said water in times of drought becomes more costly to extract, use and find.
Arndt compared the effects of tornadoes to the effects of drought — the former leaves a trail of items such as destroyed cars, broken glass, shredded shingles and other debris.
“The debris trail of drought looks like lawsuits, foreclosures and bankruptcies,” he said.
In four of the last five years, drought was the leading cause of crop losses, said Dan Ramsey, president and CEO of the Independent Insurance Agents of Oklahoma.
Ramsey, a former state representative from Canadian and Grady counties, said he learned the importance of conservation as a young Navy sailor: aboard ship “every drop of water mattered.”