A round of thunderstorms swept through Oklahoma Wednesday night and Thursday morning, bringing rain to a few areas that needed it the most.
Although the rain provided relief to some areas, much of Oklahoma remains in serious drought conditions.
Communities in western Oklahoma saw mixed results after storms moved through the area Wednesday evening, with some areas receiving more than an inch of rain and others seeing little or no moisture. An Oklahoma Mesonet weather network site in Camargo, in Dewey County, measured 1.26 inches of rain. Nearby, another Mesonet site in Putnam measured 1.2 inches of rain.
But that rainfall didn’t reach communities in the Panhandle and barely touched much of southwest Oklahoma. Mesonet sites in the Panhandle communities of Kenton, Boise City, Hooker, Goodwell and Beaver all measured no rainfall during the storm, and several sites in southwest Oklahoma only measured a tenth of an inch or less of moisture.
A Mesonet site in north Oklahoma City measured 0.58 of an inch of rain after the storm passed through the metro area Thursday morning. Sites in eastern and western Oklahoma City each measured 0.35 of an inch of rainfall.
Although the state has seen wetter-than-average conditions over the past 30 days, much of Oklahoma is still experiencing serious drought conditions, according to a U.S. Drought Monitor report released Thursday. The report is based on data collected Tuesday, meaning it doesn’t take the most recent round of storms into account.
According to the report, about 48 percent of the state is experiencing extreme or exceptional drought, the report’s two most severe categories. That total represents an improvement over last week, when about 53 percent of the state was experiencing extreme or exceptional drought, according to the report.