The heavy January rainfall has put the drought to bed over almost all of our area, according to the U.S. Drought Monitor report issued February 2.
A slight drought zone referred to as “abnormally dry” extends across the northwestern edges of Texoma from Ada to Sulphur to Ringling, with all other parts of Texoma now declared drought free. Soaking rainfall fell Jan 9-10 and again Jan 24-25, and the tally was generally 4 to 8 inches for the month in the drought-free areas (more below map).
Ada received much less rain at 2.45” for January, and this is why there’s still a lingering dryness from Pontotoc to Murray and NW Carter Counties. The abnormally dry classification is the lowest drought category.
The precipitation outlook (above) is uncertain given a lingering La Nina, and NOAA gives about equal chances for above, below, or near-normal precipitation through the rest of February.