Drought Update April 17

U.S. Drought Monitor as of April 17, 2014 shows much of Texoma still in a drought condition.

Despite a few recent rainfall events, Much of Texoma remains in a drought condition. About half of the viewing area is in a severe or extreme drought, especially on the Texas side of the river. Northern areas such as Ada and Atoka are showing to be drought-free as of April 17:

The three-month NOAA forecast through early summer shows no clear signal on whether we will have above normal, normal, or below normal rainfall, but there’s a 2 to 1 chance that we will have a warmer-than-average temperature regime through June. 

So even if we have “normal” rainfall during this period, evaporation is likely to be greater than average, keeping us drought challenged. 

As for Lake Texoma, the level has changed very little despite recent rainfall because a lot of this precipitation did not fall in the upstream recharge zone. We need heavy rainfall in areas south of Oklahoma City for the Washita River and anywhere along the Red upstream of the Lake.

 

Here’s hoping. 

Take Care,

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist/News 12

 

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