Drought Update: May 15

Heavy rainfall improves drought conditions in eastern Texoma

Heavy rainfall in the eastern half of the News 12 viewing area improved drought conditions for many. 

The rainfall map shows precipitation during the week May 8-14 was very generous with nearly 6” in Antlers and over 4” in Paris: 

This brought Lamar and Fannin Counties up from an “extreme” drought to “moderate” in eastern Lamar and “severe” in Fannin and western Lamar. 

Elsewhere, drought conditions are generally moderate to severe over southernmost Oklahoma and north Texas, but there’s no drought at all in the unshaded areas of Coal and Atoka Counties, and only a slightly dry condition for Pushmataha County where 4 to 6” of rain fell. Portions of Johnston, Pontotoc and Atoka Counties also enjoy a nearly drought-free situation; at least for now:

This drought index addresses soil moisture as opposed to lake levels. 

Significant rainfall is not expected in the next week so this may be as good as it gets for a while.

Take Care,

Steve LaNore

Chief Meteorologist

News 12 / Weather Authority

 

 

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