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The grass is not necessarily greener, or green at all, on the other side of all fences, according to information from Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey

by Bryan Painter Published: August 23, 2013

So far, this summer has left many in central Oklahoma with a view of green landscapes.

However, some have not been, still aren’t, and may not be in at least the near-future, so fortunate, said Gary McManus of the Oklahoma Climatological Survey.

For some the drought  has been ongoing  for nearly three years. The situation has eased up slightly at times, but never really enough for those areas to recharge.

That’s what a glance in the rearview mirror shows. But what does it look like out the windshield?

“Let’s start with a long, long, long-range precipitation forecast from friend and colleague Victor Murphy at the NWS Southern Region Headquarters in Ft. Worth,” McManus said.

A  particular model forecast shows the accumulated precip for the next 360 hours, all the way out to the morning of Sept. 5.

” The view I see is not good for southern Oklahoma, especially those folks in Altus that are dealing with a bona fide water emergency as Tom Steed Reservoir drops perilously low, not to mention the pathetic shape of Lake Altus Lugert,” McManus said.

He added, “If you talk to folks down in the southwest part of the state and up through the Panhandle, they will tell you they feel a bit neglected and ‘in this on their own’ in dealing with this drought.”

The view from the Climate Prediction Center for Aug. 30 through Sept. 5 shows, “… increased odds of above normal temps and below normal precipitation.”

” That may work for some of the water-logged areas of the state, but not for far southern and western Oklahoma,” McManus said.


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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