It was a wet morning in parts of the Oklahoma City metro Thursday morning. As of 9:15 a.m. Thursday, the Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site in western Oklahoma City had seen 2.65 inches of rain, and the site in Spencer posted 2.5 inches.
But those heavy rains didn’t extend to the southern metro area, where Norman received only about .2 inches of rain.
In drought-stricken southwestern Oklahoma, Mesonet sites in Grandfield and Fort Cobb both measured about an inch of much-needed rain overnight, while northwest Oklahoma and the Panhandle received no rain.
Drought conditions worsened across Oklahoma over the past week, according to a report from the U.S. Drought Monitor released Thursday. The report is based on data collected Tuesday, so it doesn’t take Thursday morning’s showers into account.
According to the report, nearly 49 percent of Oklahoma is in extreme or exceptional drought, up from 39 percent last week. About 80 percent of the state is experiencing some form of drought, according to the report.